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Bilateral Knee Pain in a High-Level Gymnast

Blatnik, Terra R. MD; Briskin, Susannah MD

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: January 2013 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 77–79
doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e31825c464d
Case Report

Abstract: Gymnast wrist or distal radial physeal injury is a common entity among gymnasts of all levels. It can lead to chronic pain, inability to perform, and growth issues at the wrist for these young athletes. However, less has been reported about other overuse stress injuries in this group. We present the case of a prepubescent female gymnast complaining of chronic bilateral knee pain. She was found to have bilateral distal femoral physeal stress injuries and had a similar clinical course to any gymnast diagnosed with the same injury at the wrist.

Department of Sports Medicine, University Hospitals Cleveland Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

Corresponding Author: Susannah Briskin, MD, 1724 Edgefield Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124 (

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Received January 21, 2012

Accepted April 25, 2012

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