Diagnostic Ultrasound Scan
Diagnostic Ultrasound scan at Physiocare Twyford provides deeper insight into an aching joint, torn tendon or muscle or inflamed bursa. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound scan helps to make accurate diagnosis and provide estimated recovery time along with treatment options. Ultrasound scans can diagnose soft tissue injuries like rotator cuff tears or bursitis in shoulder, tennis elbow, hamstring injuries, tendon, or joint related dysfunctions.
Your Care Pathway with us:
- To book an appointment call reception at 01189344055, email to Physio@physiocare.co.uk or click the button given below.
- Complete MSK examination and detailed MSK ultrasound scan.
- Discussion of your treatment plan; Treatment plan may include i.e. advanced treatments; cortisone/steroid injections, Ostenil Plus (Hyaluronic Acid), or conservative management like physiotherapy, shockwave therapy, massage, acupuncture.
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).
Why book for Diagnostic Ultrasound scan?
Diagnostic ultrasound has become more commonly in clinics in recent years to ensure the correct diagnosis is made at your initial assessment.
Clinicians use diagnostic ultrasound because of many reasons. These include:
- Improved technology and image quality (for many conditions it is equal to MRI in diagnostic accuracy)
- Patient safety (non-invasive, no radiation, painless procedure)
- Results immediately available which can be considered alongside your physical assessment
- Dynamic scanning (scanning whilst patient performs movement) and comparison with the asymptomatic side
- Sequential assessment of healing, e.g., muscle tear
- Ultrasound guided procedures e.g., steroid or hyaluronic acid.
- Cost effective. Ultrasound is less expensive than most alternative forms of imaging such as MRI & CT scans.
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
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further or more specific queries – our receptionists will be only to pleased to help!
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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