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6-May-2010

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Contact: Heather Curry
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X-ray guided steroid injections effectively treat hamstring tendonitis, study suggests

Fluoroscopic (X-ray) guided steroid injections offer a safe and effective alternative to the conventional treatment of hamstring tendonitis, according to a study to be presented at the ARRS 2010 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. Conventional treatment includes rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy.

Hamstring tendonitis refers to inflammation (pain, swelling, warmth, redness, and dysfunction) in one or more of the hamstring tendons. It is relatively common in a multitude of track and field athletes and dancers.

The study, performed at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX, included 16 patients with hamstring tendonitis who were treated using X-ray guided cortisone injections. "Post treatment, 11/16 patients showed a major improvement," said Manickam Kumaravel, MD, lead author of the study. The remaining five patients showed a minimal to moderate improvement," said Kumaravel.

"No immediate or long-term complications were found in any of the patients or injection sites. Our study suggests that X-ray guided steroid injections are safe and beneficial for the treatment of hamstring tendonitis in athletes," he said.

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This study will be presented on Thursday, May 4 at 4:20 p.m. Pacific Time. For a copy of the abstract or to schedule an interview with Dr. Kumaravel, please contact Heather Curry via E-MAIL at hcurry@acr-arrs.org.

About ARRS

The American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) was founded in 1900 and is the oldest radiology society in the United States. Its monthly journal, the American Journal of Roentgenology, began publication in 1906. Radiologists from all over the world attend the ARRS annual meeting to participate in instructional courses, scientific paper presentations and scientific and commercial exhibits related to the field of radiology. The Society is named after the first Nobel Laureate in Physics, Wilhelm Röentgen, who discovered the x-ray in 1895.



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