The guidelines feature more than 200 recommendations, focusing on diagnostic and other testing and treatments for hip and groin disorders. Conditions covered include acute, subacute, and chronic hip pain; hip osteoarthrosis; gluteus medius tendinosis and tears; trochanteric bursitis and greater trochanteric pain syndrome; femoroacetabular impingement, "hip impingement" and labral tears; osteonecrosis; hamstring and hip flexor strains; groin strains and adductor-related groin pain; lower abdominal strains; meralgia paresthetica; epididymo-orchitis; and hip fractures.
The guidelines were developed by a multidisciplinary panel that included specialists in occupational medicine, orthopedic surgery, and physical therapy. The publication followed ACOEM's methodology, highlighted by original systematic research and evidence-weighted recommendations.
The guidelines are used by occupational physicians and other health care professionals, as well as insurers, employers, attorneys, and other individuals and organizations involved in health and safety in the workplace.
"These new guidelines provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based approaches to care for occupational injuries available today and will serve as a great help to occupational medicine community and all musculoskeletal injury providers," said Kurt Hegmann, ACOEM's editor in chief of the practice guidelines.
ACOEM also announced that updates to ankle/foot, neck, knee and shoulder guidelines will follow electronic publication of the hip and groin chapter and will be part of the third edition release of the Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines later this year.
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July 22, 2010
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