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Sacral Stress Fracture in a Female Field Hockey Player

Slipman, Curtis W. MD; Gilchrist, Russell V. DO; Isaac, Zacharia MD; Lenrow, David A. MD; Chou, Larry H. MD

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: November 2003 - Volume 82 - Issue 11 - p 893-896
doi: 10.1097/01.PHM.0000091987.99243.5D
Case Report: Pain

Slipman CW, Gilchrist RV, Isaac Z, Lenrow DA, Chou LH: Sacral stress fracture in a female field hockey player. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2003;82:893–896.

We report a collegiate field hockey player who sustained a sacral fatigue-type stress fracture that manifested as persistent low back and leg pain. The diagnosis of sacral stress fracture was suggested by history and physical examination and confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging. Our patient experienced complete resolution of symptoms after a 3-mo interval of activity restriction. This article describes the first reported case of a sacral stress fracture in a field hockey player.

From the Penn Spine Research Group (CWS, RVG, ZI), the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (CWS, KL, LHC), and the Clinical Musculoskeletal Program (CWS), University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Curtis W. Slipman, MD, The Penn Spine Center, Ground Floor White Building, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

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