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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How long does it take for stress fractures in the femur to heal?

    will it be possible to get back to jogging?
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  • Dr. Aaron Albrecht works at Body Wise Chiropractic in Bibra Lake, Western Australia. The clinic is located within a gym, and Dr. Albrecht is the … View Profile

    Hi,

    The answer here depends largely on the severity of the injury, with healing times ranging from 3-12 months in most cases. Appropriate treatment is important and it is key to remember that in these injuries, “no pain no gain” attitude is NOT the approach to take, as rushing things will lengthen your recovery by causing further damage. A musculoskeletal specialist such as a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist should be able to guide you in your recovery.

    If I am in your area, my details are on my profile if you'd like an appointment.

    Hope this helps.

    - Dr. A

  • Adam Floyd

    Physiotherapist

    Adam is a Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist with over 15 years clinical experience. The Director of Regenerate Physiotherapy, Regenerate Fitness and Rehabilitation and GymED Continuing … View Profile

    The healing time of stress fractures in the femur will depend to a large degree on the extent of the fracture. Whether it is a mild, moderate, or significant fracture, and also the size of the fracture will affect the healing time. We can get fractures through the shaft of the femur which is more common in the proximal ring, but also through the neck of the femur and these can be treated differently. On average, research would suggest that a person can be back to full activity between 12 and 18 weeks after the diagnosis or after the onset of the stress fracture, assuming that that fracture is managed appropriately, usually by a sports physician or an orthopedic surgeon. Yes, you can absolutely get back to jogging, but it will take 3-6 months before someone is back to full activity.

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