15 years old and was told 4 weeks ago that I have a minor stress fracture
on my L5 vertebrae.
said I could join back on my hockey team by the beginning of February.
does walking and sitting upright in chair damage the stress fracture?
of stress fractures in the "L" vertebrae do not heal bone
to bone. Instead they heal with cartilage tissue which often does
not show clearly on xrays or even CT scans.
sports med people do not understand the stress fracture injury either
despite the fact that it is becoming more and more common.
is the only option for complete healing of a stress fracture. The
amount of recovery time varies greatly depending upon the location,
severity, the strength of the body's healing response and an individual's
rest and a cast or walking boot are usually used for a period of four
to eight weeks, although periods of rest of twelve to sixteen weeks
is not uncommon for more severe stress fractures.
or casting the limb with a hard plastic boot or air cast may also
prove beneficial by taking some stress off the stress fracture.
time, incorrect sitting posture can damage spinal structures.
prolonged walking, standing, sitting, or driving.
on a study of Standaert CJ and Herring SA, published in 2000, spondylolysis
( stress fracture ) is typically aggravated by upright postures such
as standing and walking as well as active movement involving
lumbar spine extension.