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Real Time Ultrasound

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Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose:

  • tendon tears, or tendinitis of the Rotator cuff in the shoulder, Achilles tendon in the ankle and other tendons throughout the body.
  • muscle tears, masses or fluid collections.
  • ligament sprains or tears.
  • inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints.
  • early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • benign and malignant soft tissue tumours.
  • ganglion cysts.
  • foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as splinters or glass).

How does Ultrasound imaging help?

Suitably trained Physiotherapists can use Ultrasound imaging to assist them in the diagnosis and enhance the management of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Practitioners and patients can see the site of injury and even watch how it performs with movement.

The ultrasound can be an extremely useful treatment tool when combined with guided injection therapy to ensure accurate positioning of steroids and local anaesthetic.

Meanwhile the recovery process may be monitored, measured and the resolution of the injured tissues viewed in real time.

Using Real Time Ultrasound to assess Core Stability

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Real Time Ultrasound scanning lets you see how your muscles are contracting while you are doing an exercise. This is especially useful when looking at the various muscle layers within the abdominal wall and assessment of motor control deficits in the lumbo-pelvic core. We are able to scan and observe the quality, pattern of activation and ability to contract in isolation the deepest of the abdominal: the Transversus Abdominis, and assess the activity of Lumbar Multifidus, Pelvic floor and diaphragm.

These muscle groups flatten the lower abdomen, play a significant role in maintaining true Core and Spinal stability and Pelvic floor integrity.

As these muscle groups are often difficult to see and feel, the RTUS provides an invaluable tool to see how this important structure functions while breathing, coughing, moving, sitting & standing. It also offers visual “Bio-feedback” to enable patients to develop and awareness for the deeper muscles and helps them to learn how to isolate and activate them effectively. This can make Pilates and re-training exercises much more productive.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is Ultrasound imaging?

    Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image.

  • Does ultrasound imaging involve radiation exposure?

    Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays), thus there is no radiation exposure to the patient. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

  • What do ultrasound images show?

    Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.

Meet Our Team

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Elizabeth Jones
Jacqueline Montgomery
Margaret Manthorpe
Melinda Cairns
Boobala Subramanian
Imran Ul-Haq
Suzanne Gibson
Michele Houston

What our clients say

Here are our most recent testimonials. You can read them all here.


Treatment to date has been tailored exactly to my needs and been very thorough. Without doubt the best and most effective I have had in 10 years of chronic back pain. Margaret is an absolute professional, very knowledgeable and most importantly is making a difference!Barbara Rhodes - 2013
Elizabeth I want to thank you for the excellent care and treatment you gave me. It really made all the difference and prevented surgery on my back.Chris
I have a lot to thank Physiocare for!  Having taken up skating at the grand old age of 45, 2 years later I could call myself a gold medal winner after competing in British Synchronised Skating National Opens 2010. This would never have happened without the expert care I received for a serious knee injury after a very heavy fall whilst training just days before the competition. As I continue in my quest for further medals there is no doubt I will be calling on this experienced teams expertise to keep me fit and on track.Penny

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