Stress reactions and stress fractures are common injuries that occur when repetitive stress is placed on a bone, leading to small micro-fractures or areas of bone resorption. Common areas of occurrence include the foot, shin, tibia, femur, and vertebrae. The pathophysiology of stress reactions and stress fractures begins with an increase in stress to the bone, which then leads to the failure of the bone's ability to repair and remodel itself, ultimately resulting in a stress fracture.
In a sports rehab setting, stress reactions and stress fractures are typically handled conservatively, beginning with rest and pain management, and then progressing to strengthening exercises and gradual return to activity. At Apollo Performance Chiropractic, we use a full body approach to assess the root cause of the injury, such as faulty biomechanics, training errors, or nutritional deficiencies. We then develop a customized plan utilizing objective data, like force plate testing and laser timing systems, to track progress and ensure proper recovery.
It is especially important to make sure that an athlete is challenged enough during the rehab process to ensure that they are properly prepared to return back to full activity. At Apollo Performance Chiropractic, we utilize full hour long, 1-on-1 appointments to ensure that each athlete receives personalized attention and care throughout their entire rehab process. By utilizing the latest technology and evidence-based practices, we aim to not only help our athletes recover from stress reactions and stress fractures, but also thrive and excel once they return to their sport.