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Life can be a pain in the groin. You hear about groin pain all the time if you watch enough football, baseball and basketball. But, you do not have to be an athlete to experience a pain in the area where the abdomen meets the legs. Actually, it is quite easy to understand why so many people experience groin pain at some point in life because so much is happening in that region of the body. Many different muscles attach in that area. The major bones of the spine, pelvis, and legs join in that area. And some very important internal organs lie nearby as well. With so much that can go wrong, it is no wonder why life can be a pain in the groin.
By far and away, the most common cause of groin pain is muscular. Did you ever wonder why a big 300 pound lineman could hit the ground and wince like a baby due to a groin injury? Hey, those muscles really can hurt. One muscle is the Iliopsoas which flexes the hip. Because of its deep position along the spine before it attaches in the groin, ...
If you've sustained an injury or trauma to your hip, and have persistent pain, you need to have diagnostic testing to check for the presence of a hip fracture. Because hip fractures are hard to diagnose with X-rays alone, further testing is necessary if patients continue to have pain.
Recently emergency rooms have seen this type of situation where a patient arrives for treatment, after an injury or fall, but the X-rays are normal even though they have a fracture.
With the prevalence of hip fractures in the elderly, we need to have additional testing available, if these X-rays don't locate a fracture, and the pain persists. If you have normal hip X-rays but can't bear weight or the pain doesn't go away, ask for additional testing, like a CT scan or MRI.
Emergency rooms see this type of hidden hip fracture, where the patient has persistent pain from trauma, but the X-rays don't show a fracture. If they don't find a fracture, the patient is se...
A recent publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, written by Nancy Lane, University of California at Davis, underscores many of the principles of osteoarthritis management we have discussed in this forum. Dr. Lane reviews the clinical problem of osteoarthritis in the United States, and discusses in detail the diagnostic modalities, treatment strategies and areas of controversy which surround its management. Let me take a moment to review the most important topics discussed by Dr. Lane. Epidemiology Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in American adults, but there is frequently little relationship between the appearance of osteoarthritic joints on X-ray and symptoms of pain in patients. Plain films demonstrate osteoarthritis in 5 percent of Americans over the age of 65. Approximately 200,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed in this country every year for both primary and secondary osteoarthritis (the latter is arthritis caused by anothe...
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