Grant decided to further develop our knowledge on a type of fractures. We learned about the the types of fractures, but Grant decided to dive in on stress fractures in particular. Stress fractures are chronic stress fractures due to them developing over time from constant stress on a specific region of the bone. Before reaching the point of being fractured, the bone is, of course, damaged and weakened. At first, stress fractures will only appear to feel sore and tender, which is caused by the constant activity to the specific bone. Over time, these symptoms gradually get worse. Over an x-ray the fracture can be seen visually. If rest if not given to the fractured bone, pain can increase and the fracture can become displaced. Grant does a great job explaining this information with a real-life scenario. His artwork was simplistic, yet extremely valuable in visually understanding stress fractures.. Grant displayed the fracture being small and practically unnoticeable in the first week. Week four is when you see growth in the fracture as well as inflammation. Around week seven, the fracture is more noticeable, has more inflammation, and needs medical attention. Noted ways of treatment were good add-ons to this project as well. Although highly disregarded, one of the most preventable and effective methods is rest. The correct amount of time taken to rest can be a game changer for current and future injuries. The other method Grant mention was splinting, which is common and extremely effective in the healing process. Great job Grant on sharing your knowledge and research to provide a better understanding on stress fractures.
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