Radiological diagnostics of overuse injuries in children and adolescents

The number of musculoskeletal overuse injuries in children and adolescents is on the rise as children's participation in sports activities increases. The main difference between children and adults is that the former are still growing and developing. Sites of overuse injury are the sites of rapid growth: the epiphysis, apophasis, and growth plates. However, the diagnostic and treatment principles of overuse injuries in children correspond to those in adults. Today, in evaluation of overuse injuries different radiological methods are available: conventional radiography, ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, but sometimes we use scintigraphy in addition. Each of these radiological methods has its own importance, i.e. advantages, disadvantages and limitations. They are supplementary methods in creating a final diagnosis. Correct selecting of radiological method is the fastest way to an accurate diagnosis.
Keywords: CUMULATIVE TRAUMA DISORDERS – radiography; ATHLETIC INJURIES – radiography; FRACTURES, STRESS – radiography; GROWTH PLATE – injuries
Category: Clinical observations - professional paper
Volume: Vol. 51, No 3, july - september 2007
Authors: I. Borić, R. Ivelj , M. Leko , I. Bojanić, G. Roić
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