Journal of Ultrasound

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 209–214 | Cite as

Muscle injuries: ultrasound evaluation in the acute phase

  • F. Draghi
  • M. Zacchino
  • M. Canepari
  • P. Nucci
  • F. AlessandrinoEmail author


Muscle injuries can be classified as extrinsic or intrinsic injuries as well as contusions and lacerations, and clinical assessment is composed of the history and physical examination. Diagnostic imaging, particularly ultrasound (US) examination, is essential to a correct assessment of the severity of the injury and to exclude important complications as these two elements influence treatment decisions, prognosis and time to return to unrestricted physical activity. This paper presents the main clinical and US features of acute muscle injuries.


Muscle injuries Ultrasound 


I traumi muscolari possono essere classificati in estrinseci, contusioni e lacerazioni, e intrinseci. Il riconoscimento avviene attraverso l’anamnesi e l’esame clinico. L’imaging, in particolare l’ecografia, é di fondamentale importanza per valutare correttamente la gravità del trauma e per escludere le principali complicanze, i due elementi che incideranno di più sul tipo di trattamento a cui sarà sottoposto il paziente, sulla prognosi e sulla tempistica del ritorno all’attività fisica. In questo articolo vengono presentate le principali caratteristiche cliniche ed ecografiche dei traumi muscolari acuti.


Conflict of interest

The authors certify that there is no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Draghi
    • 1
  • M. Zacchino
    • 1
  • M. Canepari
    • 1
  • P. Nucci
    • 2
  • F. Alessandrino
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Foundation IRCCS, Policlinico San Matteo, Institute of RadiologyUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  2. 2.Philips HealthcareMonzaItaly

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