Overview of Pelicans G Jrue Holiday’s Stress Fracture

Already playing without it’s leading scorer, Ryan Anderson, the New Orleans Pelicans were dealt another blow to their season with the news that starting point guard Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right tibia.

Holiday, who is leading the team in assists and steals, says that he does not know when the injury occurred but finally had it checked out due to the pain.  He is now in a walking boot to help stabilize the leg and will be re-evaluated in a month.

The tibia is the larger of the two lower leg bones and is located on the medial side of the leg.  Its primary purpose is load bearing and thus can be fractured from over training or overuse, especially in high impact sports such as running or basketball.  The most common region for a fracture to occur is in the lower third of the bone, a couple of inches above the medial malleolus (inside ankle bone).  A stress fracture is treated with rest and stabilization of the leg and surgery is usually not required.