A 37-year-old female asked:
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can ankle mri show damage from sprain injury couple years prior?if so, what issues would still be visible to ortho that could be cause pain/instability

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Yes: Every day in the United States, roughly 10, 000 people suffer ankle injury, with most of these being sprains. Mri can depict ligament injuries and has been used to differentiate ligament tears from other causes of ankle pain, such as fracture, osteochondral and cartilage injury, or tendon injury. Appropriate treatment planning for ankle injury achieved.
Answered on Jun 5, 2014
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Dr. Mark Galperin
31 years experience Pain Management
Muscle tear: Most likely not, torn muscle should be healed already, if it torn achill tendon, that i'd not healed properly in could b seen.
Answered on Nov 17, 2013
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Dr. Daniel Steffy
13 years experience Family Medicine
Yes.: Any incompletely healed ligament could be seen. They most definitely could produce joint instability.
Answered on Nov 17, 2013
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Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
An MRI can be helpful for visualizing the integrity of the anterior talofibular ligament( main stabilizing lateral ankle ligament) and any associated talar dome osteochondral injuries.
Nov 17, 2013

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Yes, but unusual: for simple sprain to cause persistent pain for this long. You should be seen by an orthopedic surgeon for accurate diagnosis and specific treatment.
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