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What are the benefits of hydrotherapy after a stress fracture?
Reduce pain - Buoyancy offloads pressure from the fracture site, enabling you to perform movements with reduced pain
Reduce swelling and bruising - Hydrostatic pressure and our specific water temperature increases circulation and reduces swelling
Immediate exercise, without putting stress on joints or injuries - Cardio-vascular fitness can be maintained and the affected muscle effectively strengthened or lengthened. This enables the athlete to perform activities such as running much earlier than on land
Quicker return to sport - The timeline for returning to sport after a serious sports injury using land-based therapies can be 6-9 months, however utilizing the pool tends to help keep your return closer to 4-6; this is due to being able to reinforce neuromuscular recruitment patterns earlier than is possible with land therapy.
What are stress fractures and why do they occur?
A stress fracture is a small crack within a bone that mostly occurs in the lower legs and feet with repetitive mechanical overload through activities such as running. This is commonly caused by training error but a number of factors may be attributable such as changes in running surface or footwear. Other risk factors include bone density, skeletal alignment, body size and composition, flexibility, strength, hormonal and nutritional factors.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms will include pain with activity which subsides with rest; swelling and tenderness at the pain site may also be present. Stress fractures may be diagnosed from symptoms alone but imaging tests are often needed to confirm the diagnosis. These imaging tests may include X-rays, bone scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).