about ultrasound, mri and thermography findings of hamstring conjoint complete tear
Today I show you the clinical case of a professional long-distance runner that felt a moderate pain at the proximal posterior side of his right thigh, after a city marathon. The patient came for first to perform an ultrasound exam.
When the injury involves only the tendinous component, less hematoma can be found, so pay attention when you perform the ultrasound examination; the elastosonography exam can help you, in this case, working like a “contrast agent” better depicting the site of injury.
I suggest you always to perform both MRI and ultrasound exams to establish the real amount of the injury.
And what’s about the thermography examination? A clear asymmetry of the skin temperature is evident in the site of injury, with the right thigh 3.4 °C colder than the left side.
about a combined diagnostic approach of muscle injuries using thermography, ultrasound, and MRI exams.
Pain and discomfort in the adductor region of the left thigh immediately after a football match in a professional player. Using thermography, asymmetric distribution of the skin temperature is evident in that site.
I always suggest to execute both MRI and ultrasound examinations; in this case, you can see how it is useful to have a portable device, it allows you to make a preliminary diagnosis before the MRI study and indeed, to observe the follow up of muscle injury directly at the sports center where the team train every day.
The dynamic ultrasound examination shows diffuse muscular edema with a partial tear of the left adductor brevis.The perfect combination of all of these imaging procedures is crucial to better plan the recovery period.
8 days after recovery and physiotherapy period that is the situation on MRI exam. The thermography exam shows a better situation but still remains an asymmetric distribution of the skin temperature.