Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tibial Stress Fracture Treatment

Treatment for a tibial stress fracture depends on the severity and the location of the stress fracture. General measures include rest, elevation, cold compresses, and a cane or crutches. Some may benefit from the application of a leg cast or splint. Additional treatment for a tibial stress fracture may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and physical therapy.

Specific treatment for a tibial stress fracture may include:

Tibial Stress Fracture Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of tibial stress fracture.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to lose weight?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having another tibial stress fracture?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Tibial Stress Fracture Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a tibial stress fracture:

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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