Young adult hip imaging – what the surgeon wants to know

Author(s): Mr Marcus Bankes, Mr Peter Wall

Hospital: Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine. 45, 528, 31


Until recently, the management of hip pain in young adults has been largely conservative. A minority of patients had established osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, avascular necrosis or fractures, and their care sometimes included surgery. But the majority had no specific diagnosis and received multidisciplinary non-operative care, provided by a combination of physiotherapists (probably the largest contribution), rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons, sport and exercise medicine physicians, and general practitioners.

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