Stress Fracture Tibia

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Stress Fracture Tibia

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

A fracture of the shin bone usually because of repetitive stresses over time.

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

Arising from overuse, most stress fractures are located on the inside border of the shin bone.  The pain can be very severe, and will make it impossible to carry on with activities.  Although the bone is broken, it is not the same as a traumatic fracture of the bone.  The bone integrity is not so badly affected, but if left untreated that could change.

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Gradual onset of shin pain aggravated by weight bearing (exercise and walking).
  • Pain can also be found in the calf
  • Pain is made worse by touching the area.

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

  • Clinical examination to rule out other causes of pain
  • MRI or bone scan could be needed to diagnose the fracture size and establish a prognosis.

 

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

  • Initial rest (possible non weight bearing if required)
  • When pain free, a gradual return to activity is needed.
  • Treatment of any biomechanical causes (orthotics and strengthening)

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

  • Rotator cuff strengthening
  • Pec stretch
  • Etc

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X

MEDIC     X

PODIATRY     

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i.e. tennis elbow would be Physio and Medic as injections are common, whereas for muscular LBP it would be Physio and not Medic as they would just refer them to a Physio.

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