RICE & MICE: Avascular Necrosis and Ray Emery’s comeback

Ray Emery’s hockey career was hanging in the balance when diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip last March. An MRI done to evaluate some nagging groin and hip pain revealed the condition. His season was definitely over, and had this occurred 10-15 years ago, his career could very well have been over. He made the decision to have surgery that promised everyday function of his hip, “The success is kind of considered being mobile, not playing professional sports,” he said at the time. Avascular necrosis (AVN), also called osteonecrosis, can affect any bone in the body and can be a …