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What is the difference between a stress fracture and a fracture?

A stress fracture is an incomplete fracture of a bone. It is thought of as a crack in the bone. A fracture is a definite break in the bone.

This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.

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