Dr. Yigal Blum,
Vice President of R&D and Chief Scientist at Amorphical
Physiological processes of bone building and disintegration take place every day with the help of osteoblast cells (builders) and osteoclast cells (destroyers) 1. Other than that, bone breakdown may be affected by our lifestyle, and exerting a load on the bone leads to local destruction in its structure. In a state where we allow ourselves sufficient rest and recovery, our body corrects and renews itself through bone building and strengthening. In a situation where the rate of bone repair is lower than the rate of its destruction, the chances of stress fractures increase. Without treatment for a stress fracture at the right time, an actual fracture may actually develop, and therefore it is recommended that treatment for stress fractures be performed as soon as possible.
What causes stress fractures?
Excessive activity, running too long distances, 2 exerting too much load over time, stretching and muscle fatigue, walking on a poor surface, locking shoes that do not match the structure of the foot and poor nutrition and low calcium – are the main causes of stress fractures . Also, stress fractures can also be caused in cases of weak bones, including in patients with Osteopenia and osteoporosis (a disease resulting from a decrease in bone density and its weakening). It is important to clarify that women are twice as likely to suffer from stress crises than men, due to the fact that they have a higher tendency to suffer from osteoporosis 3 .
Other situations that may require treatment of stress fractures are physical exertion such as carrying weights at work, moving house and the like. If you still want to reach your athletic or aesthetic aspirations physically, or if circumstances necessitate you to make one or another physical effort – it is recommended to do so gradually, adjust your diet and be careful about calcium intake.
The difference between stress fractures and normal fractures
The difference between the two types of fractures is due to the rate at which the fracture occurs: unlike crises caused by blows (one-time trauma), stress fractures are formed gradually (continuous trauma). The main areas of the body prone to stress fractures are the lower limbs: the tibia, the boat bone in the foot, the tibia, the comb bones, the pelvic bones and the thighs. The symptoms of stress fractures are tenderness, pain, swelling and regional redness.
Treatment of stress fractures using calcium: Long-term thinking
If you have asked yourself how to heal stress fractures, or what is the recovery process from stress fractures – you have come to the right place:
Conventional and immediate treatment of stress fractures will require you to rest, physiotherapy and adhere to moderate physical exertion. If your stress fractures are treated this way, you may recover from the stress fractures, but you will not improve your chances of preventing them from occurring in the future.
Treating stress fractures while thinking long-term requires a change in the calcium balance affected by changes in the levels of calcium in the diet, the level of its absorption in the body and the degree of its excretion in the urine. Calcium is also essential in metabolic processes, and when there is not enough of it in our body, the body will use its calcium stores: bones and teeth. The conclusion is that if your body is deficient in calcium, a little effort may produce a shock – and you will have to go through a process of treating stress fractures. Strengthen your bones regularly through adequate calcium intake – and treatment of your stress fracture will not be required at all. Cumulative reports from professional athletes and combat soldiers in the IDF indicate that the use of density is the preferred product for rapid healing and pain relief as a result of stress crises.
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