Ankle pain

Did you know that estimated 25,000 people in the U.S. sprain an ankle every day?!

Here are some more surprising statistics about this common injury:

  • Ankle sprains occur x7 times more often than ankle strains or fractures
  • Ankle sprains are the most common injury in field hockey
  • Around 70% of all male students who play varsity basketball teams will  suffer at least one ankle sprain
  • Ankle sprains account for about 12 percent of all injuries to American football players

More about Ankle Pain
Ankle pain

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.