Hip and pelvic injuries are often associated with direct trauma, but spe-cific fractures to the acetabulum are rare. The signs and symptoms of an acetabular fracture can mimic those of conditions that are more common at the hip area, and therefore the specificity of the diagnostic testing is crucial.
To present the case of a female Division I college field-hockey player who developed a superomedial acetabular fracture.
The athlete’s initial complaint of intolerable hip pain decreased after a 3-week rest period but persisted with passive internal and external hip rotation. Additional diagnostic testing was needed to differentiate the various pathologies that were associated with her symptoms.
Clinicians should be aware of the potential differential diagnoses of the hip and should investigate all potential possibilities even though they might not coincide with the initial injury.
VanOpdorp is with the Dept of Athletics, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL 33606-1490. Van Lunen is with the Graduate Athletic Training Program, and Swanson, the Biomedical Sciences Program, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529.