Surgical Repair of Stress Fractures in Dancers

A new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that surgical repair of tibial stress fractures in dancers allowed for return to dancing within 6-7 months. The researchers evaluated 1757 dancers at a dance medicine clinic between 1992 and 2006. Twenty four dancers experienced 31 tibial stress fractures and received conservative treatment. After an average of 25 months of failed non-operative treatment, seven dancers had surgical repair. They returned to full dance activity within an average of 6.5 months after surgery.

A stress fracture is an incomplete break of the bone. “Fracture” is the medical term for “break”. The pain is usually sharp and develops suddenly, but may not be the result of a specific injury. Stress fractures are commonly the result of overuse and repetitive stress.

Miyamoto RG et al. Surgical Treatment of Refractory Tibial Stress Fractures in Elite Dancers: A Case Series. Am J Sports Med June 2009 37:1150-1154.

More information on stress fractures.

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