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We usually confirm a diagnosis of a stress fracture using a complete medical history and a physical examination. We will ask you about your symptoms as well. Because stress fractures are so thin, X-rays often cannot detect them. We may order a CT scan or MRI in addition to the physical examination.
Once calluses form around the fracture, they become visible enough for an X-ray to confirm the stress fracture. Sometimes, we use a bone scan to detect a stress fracture.
Stress Fracture Treatment
Once we have confirmed a diagnosis, we will discuss your treatment options with you. You may need nothing more than rest and ice packs, or you may require physical therapy to regain strength and function. Learn more about our approach to stress fracture treatment.