The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and examine the injured area for localized pain and swelling.
Tests may include:
—a test that uses radiation to take pictures of structures inside the body, especially bone
- Stress fractures are very tiny and usually not seen on an x-ray until at least two weeks after symptoms begin.
- MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to show swelling and inflammation inside the bone
- Bone scan —a test that uses a short-lived radioactive substance to show a stress fracture