The use of MR imaging in the assessment and clinical management of stress reactions of bone in high-performance athletes

E. A. Arendt, H. J. Griffiths

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Abstract

Based on experience, the authors believe that MR imaging is a useful tool in the assessment and management of stress fractures and stress phenomenum of bone. The use of standard, graded MR evaluation aides the assessment of a repetitive stress injury to bone by allowing a more accurate diagnosis of bone injury. This more accurate assessment has predictive value in estimating the duration of disability. The use of a standard, graded MR evaluation aides the management of repetitive stress injuries to bone by defining a low grade of stress fracture (i.e., grade 1 and 2) injuries and a high grade of stress fracture (i.e., grade 3 and 4). This grading system has implications in the management of stress fractures, allowing more individualized treatment for the elite athlete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-306
Number of pages16
JournalClinics in Sports Medicine
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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