To describe the radiological findings in stress fractures.
Methods and Materials
We briefly explain the definitions,
and typical clinical signs of stress fractures. We describe and illustrate findings on plain-film X-rays,
and MRI to enable the correct diagnosis of stress fractures. We describe lesions common in different anatomical locations.
Stress fractures are a common cause of pain and morbidity in our environment due to the increase in the elderly population and increasing physical activity.
The can be difficult because the clinical presentation is nonspecific and may initially suggest tendon or muscle injuries.
Stress fractures have no gender predilection and occur in people of all ages.
They can occur bilaterally,
can involve multiple bones,
and can be recurrent; approximately 60% of individuals with a stress fracture have...
Although stress fractures are not infrequent,
the diagnosis is often delayed. Patients with fatigue fractures present with vague symptoms that may initially suggest tendon or muscle injuries.
Early recognition with pertinent imaging studies is important to prevent progression of the injury and to facilitate the return to normal function and activity.
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