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Stress fracture - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi Dr. Agarwal,

Last year I was diagnosed with stress fractures in both of my tibias. They had occurred almost a year before but I thought they were really bad shin splints and just stopped running. I went to physical therapy 3 times a week for probably about 4 weeks and i wore aircasts on both of my legs as much as i could. They were feeling a lot better when I went back to my orthopedist at the end of the summer and he told me I was able to return to activity.
However, I am still having problems. The pain isn't constant but it occurs often. I can do things like the ellypticle, but I still can't run. I even see some bruising around the areas at certain times. I just want my legs back to normal! I know this will probably involve going back to a doctor, I just want to know what to expect.
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User :   id like you to answer if you could
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Stress fracture take lot of time to heal.
Doctor :   Clinically patients symptoms do disappear in 3 to 4 weeks.
User :   but it has been two years!!
Doctor :   But the actual healing of the bone as witnessed radiologically will take few years.
Doctor :   During the process if the same stress is repeated, the healing will be delayed.
Doctor :   The bone pain will reccur
User :   but what are the treatments?
Doctor :   Basically rest,
Doctor :   If the pain is present analgesics.
Doctor :   Should be taken.
Doctor :   Avoiding the stress activity which is causing the fracture
User :   but my legs have been resting for two years theres got to be other options
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   The option are operative management,
Doctor :   Which is probably not indicated in your case.
User :   what is that
User :   oh surgery?
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   what about anti-inflammatorys?
Doctor :   They are nothing but pain relief medication.
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