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Stress Fractures Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms include:

  • Localized pain on the bone
  • Pain when pressure is applied directly over the fracture and the area around it
  • Pain when putting stress on the affected leg
  • Swelling and warmth at injury site


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and examine the injured area for localized pain and swelling.

Tests may include:

  • X-ray —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

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