Diagnostic Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS)
Our clinicians have access to the latest high quality Diagnostic Real Time Ultrasound equipment.
This has an increasingly important place in the diagnosis, investigation and management of a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders.
Diagnostic Real Time Ultrasound is also used to assess core stability; the real time “bio-feedback” it gives can make Pilates and re-training exercises much more productive.
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
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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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.
Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.
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