What is musculoskeletal ultrasound?
Ultrasound – Musculoskeletal. Ultrasound 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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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.
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.
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.
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