Title

Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography to Detect a Displaced Fracture of the Fifth Metatarsal

Department

Physical Therapy

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Volume 48, Issue 11, Page 903.

Publication Date

2018-11

Abstract

A 27-year-old man presented to an outpatient physical therapy clinic with left lateral foot pain after playing lacrosse 1 day prior. Ultrasound imaging was performed immediately by the physical therapist, focusing on the fifth metatarsal distal shaft. Images obtained with a 13- to 6-MHz linear transducer demonstrated cortical bone disruption. The patient's primary care physician subsequently ordered radiographs, which demonstrated an obliquely oriented fracture through the shaft of the fifth metatarsal.

DOI

10.2519/jospt.2018.7884

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