Six Things to Know Before Getting an MRI

Runner's World—July 7, 2016

Runner’s World investigates what runners should consider before getting an MRI for a sports injury. The reporter speaks with Beth E. Shubin Stein, MD, a sports medicine surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, for insight.

Dr. Shubin Stein explains how MRIs can show stress fractures or even stress reactions (before a full blown fracture). Yet about nine times out of ten, a health care provider can pinpoint the cause of your troubles without this glimpse into your insides. The doctor can gather clues by asking questions and doing a thorough physical exam.

An MRI for pain under your kneecap might reveal a small tear in the piece of cartilage inside your knee called the meniscus, Dr. Shubin Stein says. However, your aches might actually come thanks to patellofemoral syndrome or runner’s knee, a problem usually caused by weakness in your hips that drives your knee alignment off track.

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