Stress fractures refer to tiny cracks in the bone that typically develop as a result of excessive repetitive activity. They most commonly occur in the lower extremities (legs and feet) but it is also possible for them to occur in the upper extremities (arms and hands). Over time, repetitive activities can impact the bone by altering the ways in which it breaks down and reforms. If you are feeling pain or discomfort from stress fractures, contact Together Physical Therapy, located between Amherst & Northampton and just 3 minutes from UMass today to schedule a consultation with a Hadley, MA physical therapist.
How do stress fractures occur?
Before you can work on preventing stress fractures, it is important to understand what types of activities are higher risks. Athletes in particular are at a higher risk of developing stress fractures, due to the amount of stress that is put on their lower extremities through running, jumping, leaping, dancing, tumbling, or excessive moving in general. Some occupations may be higher risk factors for the development of stress fractures as well, such as those that require prolonged periods of time walking from place to place or spending time on one’s feet. This is especially true if the workday is spent walking or standing on hard surfaces, such as concrete.
How can I find relief for stress fractures?
Stress fractures can be successfully treated through physical therapy. Our physical therapists will conduct an initial evaluation that will include a physical exam, a review of health history, and an analysis of symptoms. If needed, additional diagnostic tests (such as an MRI scan) may be conducted. Your treatment plan will consist of passive therapies to relieve pain and promote healing, in addition to active muscle-strengthening exercises and stretches to increase strength, improve your range of motion, and prevent further injury from occurring. Our physical therapists will also provide activity-specific training, in order to help you perform at optimum levels in your sport or work.
If you’ve sustained a stress fracture, contact our Hadley, MA physical therapy office today. Together Physical Therapy will help you recover quickly and will get you back to your daily lifestyle in no time!