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.
Loading the player...Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Sports Injuries Dr. Patrick Ling, MD, MPH, FCFP(EM), DipSportMed, RMSK, discusses musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of 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.
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