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Medicina dello Sport 2014 September;67(3):341-68

language: English, Italian

Anterior groin pain in athletes as a consequence of intra-articular diseases: etiopathogenesis, diagnosis and principles of treatment

Pogliacomi F. 1, Costantino C. 2, Pedrini M. F. 2, Pourjafar S. 1, De Filippo M. 3, Ceccarelli F. 1

1 Orthopedic Clinic, Department of Surgical Sciences, Parma University Hospital, Parma, Italy;
2 Graduate School of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Biomedical, Biotechnological and Translational Sciences, University of Parma, Parma, Italy;
3 Radiology Unit, Department of Surgical Sciences, Parma University Hospital, Parma, Italy


Hip and groin pain in athlete is a common condition and is not infrequently a cause of frustration and aggravation to both physician and patient. It may result from an acute injury, a chronic repetitive trauma and also from systemic pathologies. The differential diagnosis of hip pain is broad and includes bone injuries, intra- and extra-articular pathologies, neuropathies and also visceral diseases; their clinical differentiation and subsequent management is difficult. With the current advancements in hip imaging and arthroscopy there is a significant more attention focused on athletes affected by groin pain as consequence of intra-articular lesions. This article briefly reviews the different common hip intra-articular conditions that causes groin pain in this specific population, focusing on their diagnosis, imaging and treatment.

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