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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-120

Stress fractures-management using a new classification

Department of Orthopedics, Command Hospital, Air Force, Bangalore, India

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P K Agarwal
Department of Orthopedics, Command Hospital, Air Force, Bangalore-560007
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Background: Stress fractures during military training are common occurrence. Methods: Over a period of five years 12,700 recruits from a single military training centre had 1452 cases (11.4%) of stress fracture. They were classified and managed according to new classification system. Results: The commonest site was tibia (93.5%) and overall rate of return to active training was 91% at 12 weeks and 99% at 24 weeks. Conclusion: We conclude that this new classification is a useful, simple and user-friendly system for categorizing and treating stress fractures. It is useful for documentation, prognostication and comparison of data in future studies.

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