A Humeral Head Stress Fracture in a Young Active Female

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Cara Conrad

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Dr. Kirk Brumels

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Stress fractures are a relatively common injury among athletes, most often affecting the lower extremity region, such as the tibia and metatarsals. Stress fractures in the thoracic and upper extremity are less common. They are often found within a specific sports population that requires more stress on the upper extremity. The case study of a twenty-one-year-old female gymnastics coach, who was diagnosed with a humeral head stress fracture, is an example of this atypical stress fracture site. This presentation discusses general causes of stress fractures, various diagnostic methods used to identify a stress fracture, and this specific individual’s road to diagnosis and a four month recovery.

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