Editorial Commentary: Ultrasound-Guided Injection With Dynamic Assessment Could Improve Outcomes in Atypical and Revision Hip Arthroscopy Patients: But Today, Few Are Trained to Hear at Such High Frequencies

Arthroscopy. 2021 Jan;37(1):136-138. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2020.09.051.


Imaging modalities for hip disorders all have their strengths and weaknesses. Magnetic resonance imaging is superior for evaluating soft tissue pathology, computerized tomography best characterizes osseous morphology, and plain radiographs can accurately depict 2-dimensional anatomy and are familiar to most clinicians. Ultrasound-guided injections have become commonplace in the musculoskeletal arena. Ultrasound evaluation of musculoskeletal anatomy has received increased attention, has the ability to image soft tissue and osseous structures, and more importantly, has the ability to dynamically evaluate these structures in real time. A noninvasive dynamic assessment of the hip region could be an absolute game changer for the hip preservation/sports medicine community in the diagnosis of atypical hip pain, femoroacetabular impingement, and labral tears. Widespread ability and expertise to perform these dynamic ultrasound assessments, however, is not in place at this time. We need more training and studies to best harness the potential benefits of these sound waves.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopy
  • Femoracetabular Impingement* / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip
  • Hip Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip Joint / surgery
  • Humans
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional