Navigation Links
New study finds 70 percent of able-bodied hockey players have abnormal hip and pelvis MRIs
Date:3/13/2010

NEW ORLEANS, LA Seventy percent of healthy professional and collegiate hockey players had abnormal hip and pelvis MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), even though they had no symptoms of injury, according to a study presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day in New Orleans, (March 13). The study's surprising findings could serve as a warning for surgeons to not depend excessively on imaging when diagnosing patients.

"This study was done to see if abnormal MRI results are found incidentally in active roster hockey players," said Matthew Silvis, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Orthopedics at Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University College of Medicine. "Unexpectedly, the majority of players had some abnormality in their MRI, but it didn't limit their playing ability. The study raises many questions, but its value to surgeons is to recognize that imaging doesn't replace good clinical judgment, which includes a detailed history and complete physical exam. This study might make you hesitate to read too much into an MRI."

In the study, high-resolution MRIs were taken of the pelvis and hips of 21 professional and 18 collegiate hockey players, aged 18 35. Of the 39 players, only two reported slight pain, which they identified as a 3 on a 10 point scale, with minimal to no disability in relation to their pain. Twenty-one out of the 39 (54 percent) had labral tears (tears in the structure that keeps the hip in place). Twelve of the 39 (31 percent) had muscle strain injuries of the hips and 2 of 39 (5 percent) had tendinosis (inflammation) of the hips. Overall, 70 percent of the players had irregular findings on their MRIs, but no clinical symptoms.

MRIs are noninvasive tests that help doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRIs use a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and many other internal body structures.

"This study raises all sorts of questions that should be examined in further studies. For example, will these abnormalities cause problems and symptoms later for these athletes?" said Silvis. "But this study shows the limitations of depending too heavily on an MRI. A surgeon may see something in the image, but it isn't causing a problem."


'/>"/>

Contact: Lisa Weisenberger
lisa@aossm.org
847-292-4900
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
2. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
3. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
4. Study suggests loss of 2 types of neurons -- not just 1 -- triggers Parkinsons symptoms
5. Study says COPD testing is not measuring up
6. Preclinical study suggests organ-transplant drug may aid in lupus fight
7. Ability to cope with stress can increase good cholesterol in older white men, study finds
8. High alcohol consumption increases stroke risk, Tulane study says
9. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
10. Pitt study finds inequality in tobacco advertising
11. Stanford study highlights cost-effective method of lowering heart disease risks
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... DMG ... Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr., scheduled to broadcast Saturday, January 28, 2017 at ... was founded in 2008 to address the limitations of fatigue monitoring technologies within ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Wooden and plastic balance boards have been around since at least the 1950s ... is the first and only balance board to use a patent-pending design featuring high-pressure ... the same time as well as skill-level adjustable for all ages and abilities. The ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... Sharon Kleyne, America’s leading ... to educate listeners about the benefits of making new water infrastructure a number one ... “it’s appropriate that we expect water infrastructure to become a top priority of our ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... Zachary Cattell, President of ... a healthcare industry expert at the 2017 Sector Summit hosted by Ivy Tech ... Business host Gerry Dick, will feature an employer and an association representative from ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... Moisture measurement ... the right method is paramount to success. Selecting an inappropriate measurement method can ... multiple persons use the same equipment. Rare or expensive substances are wasted and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/24/2017)... Jan. 23, 2017 Laboratory Markets Limited has ... of mass spectrometry in both clinical and research laboratory ... global market size of $6.8 billion and growing to ... years, profiles the use of mass spectrometry across more ... This study investigated growth in the use of mass ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... 23, 2017 The Pharmacy Technician Certification ... of the planned 2020 accredited education requirement for ... announced in 2013 that the requirement would take ... map of program changes designed to keep pace ... pharmacy. "We have determined that ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... 23, 2017  Based on its recent analysis ... recognizes Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, ... of the Year Award. Ansell,s comprehensive product portfolio, ... global footprint have placed it in a position ... The Company,s established product line and robust innovation ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: