Prevalence of hip pathology in people with/ without pain

What is the relationship between imaging findings and pain?

Diagnostic imaging is readily used to assist in the evaluation of individuals with hip and groin conditions. However, this review found a potential discordant relationship between imaging findings of the hip and symptoms.

Similar to other anatomical regions such as the spine, knee and shoulder, this review found a quarter of asymptomatic individuals have imaging defined hip pathology. 

This highlights an uncertain relationship of imaging findings and pain. A greater understanding of this relationship may improve the selection of conservative versus surgical interventions for intra-articular hip pathologies as some hip pathologies targeted by surgical management may exist within the normal spectrum.

> From: Heerey et al., Br J Sports Med 52 (2018) 581-593 . All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the online summary.

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