GROIN PAIN IN ATHLETES
Erenköy Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Hastanesi, Spor Hekimliği Birimi, İstanbul
Groin pain in athletes is one of the most difficult clinical entities to treat in sports medicine. The reasons are the complex pathophysiology related to the anatomy of the region, the numerous differential diagnoses, and the long period of limited participation in sport. For an efficient treatment, a clear diagnostic is crucial. To succeed in this issue, a close cooperation between physicians and radiologists is mandatory. MRI is the gold standard in the diagnostic work-up of the principal differential diagnoses; such as muscle tears, avulsion fractures, stress fractures, osteitis pubis and acetabular labrum tears. The article gives a comprehensive overview of the special anatomy and biomechanics of the pubic region, and approach to differential diagnoses in athletes with groin pain.