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‘Golfer's Wrist' Can Be a Tough Break to Diagnose

Andrew A. Skolnick
JAMA. 1998;279(8):571-572. doi:10.1001/jama.279.8.571-JMN0225-2-1.
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THE WRIST pain some golfers experience may be caused by a tiny stress fracture of the hamate bone of the wrist that does not show up on routine wrist x-rays. However, this injury of golfers that usually affects the nondominant hand can be diagnosed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), said John Francis Feller, MD, chief of musculoskeletal imaging at the Eisenhower Medical Center and clinical assistant professor of radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

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The T1-weighted magnetic resonance image on the left shows a normal hamate bone (green arrow). The magnetic resonance image on the right shows that the hook of the patient's hamate bone has been fractured (red arrow). Prompt diagnosis and treatment enables golfers to resume their play without impairment. (Photo credit: John Francis Feller, MD)

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