FRACS Orthopaedic Exams


A fourteen-year-old boy presented to his primary-care physician because of pain in the right hip of several weeks' duration. He initially described the pain as diffuse about the hip but later stated that it had become localized to the groin area, along the medial aspect of the proximal part of the thigh. He had recently completed a six-week session at summer football camp, which required repetitive high-impact activities, including running 2 to 3 mi (3.2 to 4.8 km) three times a week and participating in sprint workouts twice a week.

Beyond his participation in football, the patient had no episode of trauma without a known mechanism of injury. He also had no constitutional symptoms or pain either at night or at rest. The medical history revealed no pertinent findings, and the patient was taking no medications and had no dietary deficiencies. He was then referred for orthopaedic consultation.

1. What do the images show?
2. How would you treat this boy?
3. List other locations can this condition can occur in.


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