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Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee in a 10 Year old Female Gymnast: A Radiology Case Report

Chiropractic Journal of Australia
Volume 41 Issue 2 (Jun 2011)

Abstract: Objective: To discuss the clinical presentation and diagnostic imaging appearance of osteochondritis dissecans of the knee in a 10-year-old competitive female gymnast. Clinical features: The patient presented with a 4-month history of knee pain that was aggravated by activity and relieved with rest. Outcome: The patient was referred to her general practitioner and subsequent orthopedist for consultation. Diagnostic imaging studies of the knee including plain film and MRI revealed findings consistent with osteochondritis dissecans. The patient was placed on complete rest from activity for eight weeks and has since returned to competitive gymnastics. Conclusion: Osteochondritis dissecans of the knee is a prevalent disorder in young high-level athletes. It is characterised by a subchondral osseous fragment that can separate from the underlying bone. Diagnosis and management must be implemented quickly and with patient compliance to allow for a positive outcome. Successful resolution of OCD at the knee in young high-level athletes can often be achieved with conservative management to include; rest, ice and bracing. Chiropractic care is helpful in the management of associated back, knee, hip and ankle complaints induced by altered gait and weight bearing.

To cite this article: Rhodes, Chanelle and Drovandi, Sarah. Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee in a 10 Year old Female Gymnast: A Radiology Case Report [online]. Chiropractic Journal of Australia, Vol. 41, No. 2, Jun 2011: 64-66. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=153642776419003;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1036-0913. [cited 28 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Rhodes, Chanelle; Drovandi, Sarah; Source: Chiropractic Journal of Australia, Vol. 41, No. 2, Jun 2011: 64-66 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1036-0913 Subject: Knee--Wounds and injuries--Diagnosis; Knee--Radiography; Osteochondrosis; Knee--Imaging; Identifier: Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Resident in Diagnostic Imaging, New Zealand College of Chiropractic
(2) Intern, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, New Zealand College of Chiropractic

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