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    Types of bone fracture: Stress fracture

    Types of bone fracture: Stress fracture

    Some of the most common causes of bone fractures are slips, trips and falls. Accidents such as these can occur wherever you are, and include incidents at work and at home.

    There are, however, different types of fractures that do occur due to a more exclusive set of behaviours – this includes stress fractures.

    What is a stress fracture?

    A stress fracture is a small fracture that occurs due to the overuse of a particular area of the body, usually the lower body, legs and feet.

    Stress fractures occur when muscles become overused, weak and are unable take the force of activity – such as absorbing shock while running or walking. This causes the shock to go to the bone and cause a fracture.

    Stress fractures are small and are difficult to treat. Usually, individuals who are involved in an accident that causes this injury take a long time to recover and may not be able to participate in their usual activities.

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    What type of activity causes stress fractures?

    Stress fractures are a common injury for those who play a lot of sport, run, walk excessively or march.

    Work-related injuries are usually sustained by those with extreme jobs such as soldiers for example, or sportsmen and women.

    How are stress fractures treated?

    Treatment for stress fractures is similar to that of other fractures.

    Those suffering from a stress fracture are usually initially treated with first aid; however, it is likely that they will require either surgical or non-surgical treatment.

    Non-surgical treatment involves immobilizing the afflicted area, typically by applying a cast or plaster. This restricts the movement of the area and helps the bone to heal back into its natural position.

    Alternatively, in more severe cases of stress fracture, surgical treatment is required. In this case, pins and/or plates may be used to aid the victim’s recovery.

    Claiming compensation for a stress fracture

    Not everyone who sustains a stress fracture is accountable for the injury they have incurred.

    If you believe you are not to blame for the accident that caused your injury, you may be able to claim compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in personal injury claims and works on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis to ensure that victims of personal injury receive the pay-out they deserve for the harm they have suffered with no upfront costs.

    To see if your case is likely to be eligible for compensation, take a look online today at Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator. If you feel you would like more advice then give our friendly and professional advisers a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Their advice is free and no obligation, meaning there are no strings attached and no pressure to proceed with a claim.

    Date Published: January 23, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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