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Medstar Monday - Week 4 - Fractures

Is fracturing a bone worse than breaking a bone? Actually, they are the same thing. A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. There are several different kinds of fractures based on the forces that caused it, such as oblique, spiral, greenstick, and transverse, to name a few. Adolescents and teenagers are at higher risk for fractures because their bones are still developing and haven’t fully hardened. Many fractures require casting to keep the bones in place and usually heal in 6-8 weeks for a young, healthy patient. Another type of fracture is a stress fracture or stress reaction, which is an overuse injury of a bone. Bones in the body are constantly changing and responding to the work load that is placed upon them. As the bone acts to repair itself, there is a constant turnover of cells. If the stress of repetitive loads overwhelms the ability of the bone to repair itself, small cracks can begin to occur within the bone structure. Stress fractures are most common in weight bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Treatment depends on the location and severity of the stress fracture, although rest is always indicated. When returning to sport after a lower body stress reaction or fracture, utilizing resources at MedStar Health, such as the anti-gravity treadmill, can help ensure a smooth transition.


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Baltimore Union Sports Medicine Team

Union Sports Medicine Liaison: Bryan Caplan, DPT, MTC ([email protected])
Athletic Trainer:Amber Radtke, MS, LAT, ATC, NASM-CES ([email protected])
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jay Dyer, CSCS ([email protected])
Vice President of MedStar Sport Medicine: Sean Huffman
Director of MedStar Sports Medicine Research: Andy Lincoln

Baltimore City (Harbor Hospital)
Physician: Jeffrey Mayer, Leigh Ann Curl
Sports PT: Chadd Baldwin
Concussion PT: Emily Coates

Baltimore County (Franklin Square)
Urgent Care: MedStar Franklin Square ED
Physician: Frank Dawson, David Cohen, Christopher Looze
Sports PT: Ryan Zimmerman
Concussion PT: Michael Ariete, Jana Bille

Baltimore County (Dundalk)
Physician: Kelly Ryan
Sports & Concussion PT: Laura Long

Baltimore County (Timonium)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care Towson
Physician: Andrew Tucker, Richard Levine, Melita Moore
Sports PT: Chad Keller
Concussion PT: Patrick Miller

Harford County (Bel Air)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Physician: Sean Curtain
Sports PT: Chelsea Mitchell
Concussion PT: Adrienne Nelson
Concussion PT: Tori Palmer

Baltimore County (Perry Hall)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Sports PT: Stephanie Stover
Concussion PT: Mark Musselman

MedStar Sports Medicine is the official medical team for the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Baltimore Blast, Washington Spirit, and more than 50 additional professional, collegiate, high school, and club teams.



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