Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
What is Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound?
Real-time diagnostic ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves transmitted harmlessly from a probe through the skin into the soft tissues below the surface. As the soundwaves reach varying tissue types and consistency, they bounce back and are detected by the probe. These soundwaves are then converted to a screen to form images which the trained operator can view and help diagnose conditions that may have altered the configuration of the tissues.
Who is Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for?
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is used as an adjunct to a physical assessment to help diagnose a variety of injuries. It is as accurate as MRI for diagnosing muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, and can measure the healing process to guide your return to health and sport. This will help determine the quality of repair following damage to soft tissues and reinforce a treatment plan managing your return to full functionality and fitness.
What conditions can Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound help?
Real-Time Diagnostic Ultrasound is used to see internal body tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and joint structures. Importantly we will be able to capture both static images and dynamic movements helping identify specific actions that may be causing pain. We can show live images of damaged tissues and how they are repairing, as well as muscles contracting and therefore, how well they are functioning. By showing on screen imagery of the current state of repair, this means we can give you accurate advice on the most effective rehabilitation to ensure you gain full function with minimal risk of re-injury.
Muscles can sometimes ‘underperform’ forcing other muscles and actions to compensate for these deficiencies. The ability to consciously control and therefore retrain these muscles is key in treating certain types of low back pain and assists in reducing pain, improving function and preventing future injuries. This type of muscle deficit can be present in even the fittest of athletes so real-time ultrasound can play a vital role in identifying them.
The results we can obtain instantly through the real-time ultrasound scanner means that our clients can progress with their rehabilitation without waiting for other investigations and gives you access to tangible evidence of improvements with no harmful side effects or restrictions.
What can I expect when I have a Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound treatment?
We use our diagnostic ultrasound scanner as part of our consultation, assessment and treatment. Our practitioner will advise you on its’ use and offer this service when it is appropriate. It is non-invasive, harmless and you will feel little other than the probe touching your skin through a gel medium. You will be able to view the images on screen and our practitioner will inform you of what they can see .