Sports injuries are common in active individuals, regardless of the level of performance (professional to “weekend warrior”). With increasing participation and intensity of sports training in the United States, the incidence of sports-related injuries has increased dramatically over the last several years. Using both medical imaging technology and orthopedic evaluation techniques to assess athletes’ sports injuries can help clinicians diagnose and treat injuries in their early stages. The goal for clinicians and patients alike after an athletic injury is for the patients to return to activity as quickly as possible. In order to achieve this goal, a correct diagnosis and treatment plan must be made. Medical imaging is useful not only in its ability to confirm or refute a clinical diagnosis; it plays a critical role in guiding the treatment plan and long-term outcome of the injury.
After reading this article, the participant should be able to:
- Understand how sports medicine concepts are applied to both recreational and professional athletes.
- Discuss types of sports-related injuries, such as fractures and joint, muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries in the knees, shoulders, and hips.
- Describe correct magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for assessment of sports-related injuries of the knees, shoulders, and hips.
- Understand the role MR arthrography plays in sports-related injuries of the knees, shoulders, and hips.
Categories: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Conventional Radiography