Hakan Atalar1, Burcu Yanık1, Onur Polat2, Birkan Sonel Tur3

Keywords: Stress fracture, diagnosis


Stress fractures occur due to mechanical overload of bones. Generally pain in the affected bone increases with activity and decreases with rest and tenderness in bone tissue is apparent on physical examination. They are frequently seen in the tibia, hip region and foot bones. In the early period, direct radiography is generally normal. Diagnosis is based on a detailed history, physical examination and advanced imaging methods. In this article, three patients with stress fractures in different anatomical regions are evaluated and similar cases in the literature are summarized. (Rheumatism 2007; 22: 31-5)