Stress fractures can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose stress fractures, we could:
|Poor Bone Health||30%||Unlikely|
|Poor Musculoskeletal Health||2%||Ruled out|
|Hormone Imbalance||0%||Ruled out|
Do you have a history of stress fractures? Symptoms include pain, tenderness and/or swelling at the site of injury, and pain that is worse during exercise but decreases or disappears with rest.
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Probably, but it was never confirmed
→ Yes, one
→ Yes, several
Female athletes with abnormal or absent periods might have weakened bones. One study showed that 39% of female athletes with irregular menstruation develop stress fractures.