Scans for muscle injures..

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  1. rk_sports

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    We know what happened to Delpo.. he played through some pain in the wrist.. now he is diagnosed for a major surgery and hence out for maybe a whole year!

    Like most people, I too play through with soreness.. not talking about real injury here. I wonder if any one of those.. if not treated 'properly' (with a Doctor), could result in a major injury down the road..

    Now, what sort of scans(?) should one do (as a preventive step) to easily locate issues?
    Does regular (or minimal) insurances (in US) cover these scans? :)
     
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  2. corners

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    Ultrasound, MRI, CAT.

    These are the three technologies that can visualize soft tissue injuries. Aside from ultrasound, they are quite expensive. When you add nurses & doctor's fees to the ultrasound that ain't cheap either. You're not going to get anyone to give you any of these scans because you're sore. Maybe if your brother was a doctor and liked to humor you he'd let you come in and play with the ultrasound.

    Bottom line: Delpo's doc screwed up. Would the screw-up have been avoided if there had been more scans? Maybe, maybe not. I wouldn't worry about being sore, or aches and pains. Find a good doctor you can trust (remember: 50% of doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!) and go see him/her when you've got a serious change in pain or new pain appears.
     
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  3. El Diablo

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    Forget about scans for your aches. Ultrasound is not terribly helpful for what you describe, and insurance companies generally require pre-authorization for all MRIs and most CT scans now. They won't preauthorize for something fairly minor, and doctors won't seek authorization for something minor because they know the insurance companies keep profiles on them (a doctor who costs the insurance company alot of money will soon find the insurance company finding a way to get rid of him.)
     
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  4. charliefedererer

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    Doctors go on a combination of the patient's symptoms, physical findings on exam, and only if indicated, imaging (US, CAT, MRI).
    All three would have to be put together to make a diagnosis and recommendation.

    Probably most tennis players play through some soreness.

    Real pain is another matter, and an indication to stop playing and seek medical evaluation.
     
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  5. charliefedererer

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    Hard to say it was Delpo's doc that screwed up. Usually professional players whose livelihood depends on continuing to play will push to continue unless flat out told they absolutely have to stop. (And even then, some will play anyway.) There is no contract in tennis to fall back on while recuperating, unlike those signed to contracts in most team sports. Not playing = not making any money.
    Then too, professionals, especially big strong ones like DelPotro, exert enormous forces that can quickly turn small problems into big ones.
     
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  6. rk_sports

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    so I guess.. forget abt scans

    little pain -- ice/heat/rest
    high pain -- see doc ..
     
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    mri is the gold standard. it will "see" things the exam will not.
     
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    Going in for an MRI today. Some sort of tendon damage (one that connects leg to groin). I heard/felt it "pop" last Saturday during a match, almost retired, (score was 5-7, 3-3 up 30-love to break), decided to play out, lost 5-7, 3-6 could not change direction. Probably should have retired, match result was the same anyway. Was hoping injury was less extensive.

    Will find out result of damage next week.:(
     
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    Ouch! Good Luck!
    So, you can just go for an MRI or your doc advised you for it?
     
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