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Why did your doctor order an MRI of your knee after an accident?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Apr 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why did your doctor order an MRI for your knee after a Florida accident? 

You were injured in an accident where you injured your knee. Now it is swollen and stiff and you're having difficulty walking.  Your doctor just ordered an MRI – what is he/she looking for?

MRI of the knee  

MRI or magnetic resonance imaging is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging test.  It is the diagnostic test of choice to look at the soft tissue structures in the knee.  The knee joint has a number of soft tissue structures that can be injured in an accident including:

  • Medial and lateral collateral ligaments
  • Anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments
  • Patella (knee cap tendon)
  • Medial and lateral meniscus (cartilage)

Collateral Ligaments

Ligaments attach bone to bone and give structure and support to the joint.  The collateral ligaments check side to side movement of the knee.

Cruciate Ligaments

The cruciate ligaments are in the inside of the knee. They run from the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone).  The cruciate ligaments check front and back gliding of the femur on the tibia.

Patella Tendon

The patella tendon houses the knee cap.  This tendon acts like a fulcrum for flexion and extension of the knee (bending and straightening the knee).


The menisci are cartilage within the knee joint.  There are two, the medial and lateral.  They sit on top of the tibia and provide a cushion and surface for the femur and tibia to articulate.

So, your doctor is looking to see if there is a tear or disruption of these soft tissue structures in the knee.  If you have any questions about a Florida accident, you can call me directly on my cell at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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