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The waiting game.

I was just given a bone stimulator to help my stress fracture heal. The problem is, I can't dance while I'm using it. Will it really help, and why can't I do both?

--Cracked Tibia, Philadelphia, PA Immobilization is necessary for a stress fracture to heal. This usually involves wearing a removable boot and, sometimes, using crutches. Bone stimulators work by passing an electric current or ultrasound across a fracture to speed up healing. Orthopedic research has found that bone stimulators can accelerate this process in fresh tibial fractures by 24 to 42 percent, as opposed to simple immobilization. Still, this type of treatment is not a quick fix, and if you dance while you're injured, you'll only extend the process. A month of dancing with a fracture will need a month or more of immobilization and using a bone stimulator to heal. Be aware that smoking, taking medications with corticosteroids, or having a vitamin D deficiency or other nutritional problem may also delay healing.

Dr. Linda Hamilton, 2000 Broadway, PH2C, New York, NY 10023 email: advicefordancers@dancemedia.com Former New York City Ballet dancer Linda Hamilton, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice, the author of Advice for Dancers (Jossey-Bass) and co-author of The Dancer's Way: The New York City Ballet Guide to Mind, Body, and Nutrition (St. Martin's Griffin). Her website is drlindahamilton.com.

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Title Annotation:Advice for dancers
Author:Hamilton, Linda
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2017
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