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CONDITION/DISORDER SYNONYMS

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  • Medial tibial stress syndrome

  • Posterior medial tibial periostitis

  • Posterior medial tibial stress fracture

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ICD-9-CM CODE1

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  • 733.93 Stress fracture of the tibia

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ICD-10-CM CODE2

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  • M84.369A Stress fracture, unspecified tibia and fibula, initial encounter for fracture

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PREFERRED PRACTICE PATTERN3

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  • 4E: Impaired Joint Mobility, Motor Function, Muscle Performance, and Range of Motion (ROM) Associated with Localized Inflammation

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PATIENT PRESENTATION

A 25-year-old female presents with right medial shin pain. She indicates that 3 weeks earlier she began an exercise program that involves jogging 3 miles per day. The patient just bought new sneakers. The pain starts about mile 2 and has to stop running. The X-ray was positive for a stress fracture. The left lower extremity (LE) measures 2 cm longer. Palpable swelling along the medial tibia.

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KEY FEATURES

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Description
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  • Bone pain is localized in the medial aspects of the tibia

  • Stress-reaction inflammation of the periosteal and musculotendinous fascial junctions

  • Attributed to a loss in bone mineral density

  • Recurring dull ache along the posterior medial aspect of the lower tibia

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Essentials of Diagnosis
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  • Diagnosis is usually made by bone scan and x-ray

  • Muscle length and strength imbalances, especially a tight gastrocnemius-soleus muscle group

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General Considerations
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  • Looks like tibilais posterior tendinitis, but does not respond to treatment

  • Tendinopathy

  • Periostitis

  • Periosteal remodeling

  • Nutritional imbalance

  • No relief with conservative treatment

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FIGURE 196-1

Intramedullary screw (white arrow) fixation of bilateral anterior medial tibial stress fractures. (From South-Paul JE, Matheny SC, Lewis EL. Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Family Medicine. 3rd ed. http://www.accessmedicine.com. Copyright © The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.)

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Demographics
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  • College athletes

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CLINICAL FINDINGS

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SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Pain: Mild to severe with weight-bearing activities and gait

  • Described as a dull ache to LEs

  • Point tenderness to tibia at posterior medial aspect

  • Possible localized swelling

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Functional Implications
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  • Pain with standing or during activity

  • Inability of injured LE to bear weight

  • Pain with closed chain ankle movements (i.e., driving)

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Possible Contributing Causes
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  • Running/standing on a hard surface

  • Leg-length inequality

  • Compensation from an injury on the opposite limb

  • History of high/repetitive impact activities

  • Overtraining

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Differential Diagnosis
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  • Fracture of the tibia or fibula

  • Contusion

  • Gastrocnemius/soleus muscle strain

  • Cellulitis

  • Referred pain from sciatic nerve, spinal stenosis, or Baker’s cyst

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): Homan’s test

  • Superficial thrombophlebitis

  • Peripheral arterial disease

  • Venous insufficiency

  • Myofascial pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Popliteal artery entrapment

  • Soft-tissue tumor or bony metastasis

  • Osteomyelitis

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