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Stress fracture: Symptoms and what to do in Arizona

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Sometimes when you push your body too far by overworking or engaging in a rigorous exercise, you can develop what is called a stress fracture. Most of the time, you may not know of it until the condition becomes serious, but if you suspect injury in Arizona, here are some symptoms to look out for.

Stress fracture meaning

A stress fracture is a hairline crack in the bone that is caused by repetitive force or overuse. This type of injury is most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot, such as the tibia and metatarsals. However, it can also occur in other bones throughout the body, including those in the upper extremities.

Symptoms of a stress fracture

There are several symptoms associated with a stress fracture, and they may differ depending on the location of the injury. The most common and apparent symptom is pain that gradually increases in intensity with activity. It is important to note that the pain associated with repetitive stress injuries is usually localized, meaning you will feel it in a specific area as opposed to general soreness throughout the body. Other symptoms include swelling, tenderness and bruising.

Your rights when injured

If you believe that the negligence of another caused your stress fracture, you may be entitled to compensation in Arizona. Similarly, if you get injured at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. The benefits you’ll receive can help you cover the costs of your medical treatment and lost wages.

If you fail to treat stress fracture, it can result in a complete break in the bone. In some cases, this may require surgery to insert pins or plates to hold the bone together while it heals. That’s why it is recommended to seek medical attention immediately; thereafter, you can follow up with your workers’ compensation claim or a lawsuit.