What is rehabilitative ultrasound imaging?

Physiotherapists use ultrasound primarily for the treatment of low back pain and for pelvic floor rehabilitation. We can visualize the location, size and composition of deeper muscles in the abdominal and lumbar area. It can also be used as a form of biofeedback so that both the patient and therapist can see muscles contracting in real time.

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Nicole Fournier, BHKin, MSc (PT), CAFCI, Physiotherapist, discusses rehabilitative ultrasound imaging.

What is rehabilitative ultrasound imaging?

Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging is a relatively new and advanced method that physiotherapists are using to image the whole abdominal system.

With the real time ultrasound the physiotherapist is able to pick out precisely where the dysfunction is in the muscle by viewing it on the screen in real time. The patient is really able to see how they are feeling when they’re activating the muscles appropriate and when they’re activating the muscles incorrectly, and this gives them really good feedback to work into their home exercise program that their physiotherapist develops for them.

The initial assessment should be done quite soon after the injury or after the patient presents to the physiotherapist. The reason for this is so that the physiotherapist is able to develop a really good plan for where the dysfunction is in the deep system.

The patient can then come and work on rehabilitating once the physiotherapist has decided that their pain levels have decreased and they’re ready for a rehabilitation program. There are a number of medical conditions that this rehabilitative ultrasound can help with in training the deep abdominal system:

Medical conditions including men’s health such as prostate cancer, or prostate surgery, prostatitis or bladder control issues; women’s health issues so postpartum issues with incontinence, pelvic floor pain or pelvic pain as well as bladder control. It can also be very important with lumbopelvic issues, so lumbopelvic pain as well as any kind of disc injury or low back injury.

If people feel that rehabilitative ultrasound imaging may help them with their rehabilitation and in decreasing their pain levels and increasing their function, then they can discuss this with their physiotherapist and the physiotherapist will point them into where they can get this rehabilitative issue.

You might visit a physiotherapist for information on what is, conditions, side effects, symptoms and treatments related to rehabilitative ultrasound imaging, intramuscular stimulation, and rehabilitation exercises following surgery or injury.

Presenter: Ms. Nicole Fournier, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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