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Magnetic resonance imaging for assessing hamstring injuries: clinical benefits and pitfalls – a review of the current literature

Authors Greenky M, Cohen SB

Received 7 April 2017

Accepted for publication 16 May 2017

Published 17 July 2017 Volume 2017:8 Pages 167—170

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OAJSM.S113007

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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Andreas Imhoff


Max Greenky, Steven B Cohen

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Abstract: Hamstring injuries are common injuries in all levels of athletics. Hamstring injuries can cause prolonged absence from sports and have a notorious rate of reinjury. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is being increasingly utilized following a hamstring injury. Physicians are being increasingly asked to utilize MRI to predict clinical outcomes, including time frame for return to play and risk of reinjury. In spite of numerous studies in this area, no clear consensus exists. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the literature and evidence regarding the role of MRI in treating hamstring injuries.

Keywords: hamstring injury, MRI, return to play

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