Stress Fractures | Testing and Diagnosis

At Boston Children's Hospital, we know that the first step to treating your child is forming an accurate, timely diagnosis. To diagnose a stress fracture, your child’s Sports Medicine specialist will take a medical history and perform a physical exam on your child.

Your child’s doctor will also get x-rays to look for a fracture. But because children can have stress fractures and damage to their growth plates that can’t be seen on x-rays, the clinician may also use an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT scan and, rarely, a bone scan to get detailed images of the injury to determine if there’s a stress fracture.