Stress fractures of the femoral neck account for roughly 5% of all stress fractures, affecting prevalently young, active, healthy, individuals Ge, recreational runners, endurance athletes, or military recruits), patients with metabolic bone disease, and older people with osteoporosis. In these stress fractures, the repetitive stress on the bone is greater than the ability of the bone to sustain the load and repair the microtrauma. Stress fractures of the femoral neck can be difficult to diagnose because of the diffuse and radiating pain and nonspecific findings on clinical examination. Early diagnosis has a pivotal role. MRI is useful to evaluate an early fatigue injury and to grade its recovery, with findings that can range from marrow edema to a frank fracture line. The most important risk in case of misdiagnosis is a progression to a displaced fracture: these require urgent surgery, and, if left untreated, may cause disastrous complications, including osteonecrosis of the femoral head, delayed-union, mal-union, non-union, varus deformity, and osteoarthritis. Oper Tech Sports Med 17:90-93 (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Femoral Neck Stress Fractures

Longo UG;
2009-01-01

Abstract

Stress fractures of the femoral neck account for roughly 5% of all stress fractures, affecting prevalently young, active, healthy, individuals Ge, recreational runners, endurance athletes, or military recruits), patients with metabolic bone disease, and older people with osteoporosis. In these stress fractures, the repetitive stress on the bone is greater than the ability of the bone to sustain the load and repair the microtrauma. Stress fractures of the femoral neck can be difficult to diagnose because of the diffuse and radiating pain and nonspecific findings on clinical examination. Early diagnosis has a pivotal role. MRI is useful to evaluate an early fatigue injury and to grade its recovery, with findings that can range from marrow edema to a frank fracture line. The most important risk in case of misdiagnosis is a progression to a displaced fracture: these require urgent surgery, and, if left untreated, may cause disastrous complications, including osteonecrosis of the femoral head, delayed-union, mal-union, non-union, varus deformity, and osteoarthritis. Oper Tech Sports Med 17:90-93 (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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