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Definition of Fracture, stress

Fracture, stress: A fracture caused by repetitive stress, as may occur in sports, strenuous exercise, or heavy physical labor. Stress fractures are especially common in the metatarsal bones of the foot, particularly in runners. Osteoporosis increases the possibility of stress fractures. Treatment includes rest, disuse, and sometimes splinting or casting to prevent reinjury during healing.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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