• Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

    Ultrasound – MusculoskeletalUltrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears, trapped nerves, arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.

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    Dr. Patrick Ling, MD, MPH, FCFP(EM), DipSportMed, RMSK, discusses musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries.
    Dr. Patrick Ling, MD, MPH, FCFP(EM), DipSportMed, RMSK, discusses musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries.
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    Nicole Fournier, BHKin, MSc (PT), CAFCI, Physiotherapist, discusses rehabilitative ultrasound imaging.
    Nicole Fournier, BHKin, MSc (PT), CAFCI, Physiotherapist, discusses rehabilitative ultrasound imaging.
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    Audrey Spielmann, MD FRCP(C), discusses MRI Scans vs CT Scans vs Ultrasound Scans
    Audrey Spielmann, MD FRCP(C), discusses MRI Scans vs CT Scans vs Ultrasound Scans
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Sports Injuries

    Musculoskeletal ultrasound is indicated for investigations of musculoskeletal conditions.In conjunction with traditional imaging modalities such as X-ray, CT, MRI, and bone scans, it is an important complement and adjunct to some of these existing imaging modalities.

                           

    Musculoskeletal ultrasound can be utilized by a clinician to asses in real time the dynamic nature of various structures. For instance, if a person has a suspected ligament injury, the area can be investigated or imaged in real time while the area is being stressed. It serves to help determine the function and the degree of injury. In real time, it definitely gives the clinician more information, especially when the ligament is a vital structure for function. A local chiropractor may work with your local massage therapist and your local physiotherapist to create the best health or rehabilitation plan for your situation. 

    Some of the other benefits of musculoskeletal ultrasound is that when examining a patient, and an area in question is being interrogated or investigated, the contralateral or normal side can also be investigated to see if there’s difference in the imaging, and in that way confirm that there are findings or abnormalities seen on ultrasound. Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.  

    If you have an injury of a sports medicine nature, or soft tissue nature and believe MSK ultrasound or musculoskeletal ultrasound may be of benefit, consult your local sports medicine physician. Local Orthopedic Surgeon.

    Presenter: Dr. Patrick Ling, Sports Medicine Physician, Saskatoon, SK

    Local Practitioners: Sports Medicine Physician

  • What is Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging - Marpole Physiotherapy

    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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