: Nikki M.
Nikki M. is a teenage basketball player who experienced groin pain for two months following an injury.
Nikki was seen by an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip arthroscopy, who referred her for a hip MRI. We injected her hip joint to distend it, and carefully adjusted the MRI parameters to her body size and weight. The hip is a challenging joint to image, since it is deep in the body, far away from the equipment that receives the MRI signal. Our detailed, high-resolution images detected a subtle labral tear.
With this information, Nikki’s orthopedic surgeon recommended surgery. At arthroscopy, the surgeon confirmed the labral tear:
“A partial tear involving the anterior-superior labrum was noted. The labrum was not completely detached from the labrum”.
The abnormal portion of the labrum was gently trimmed away. After surgery, she had some stiffness, which eventually resolved with stretching and targeted exercise. Several months after surgery, her mother says she is “doing great”.
There are just some examples of how a personalized, high-resolution Arthroscan MRI can help diagnose your problem, and lead to appropriate, successful treatment.
Note: Patient names have been modified, to protect patient confidentiality.