Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

What is Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound? For patients experiencing back pain, sports and overuse injuries, along with those who have tried treatment options that have in turn been unsuccessful, our extended scope physiotherapists at PSMC offer MSK Ultrasound to enhance their injury assessment and treatment.

Advances in Ultrasound use in MSK imaging present new opportunities to enhance physiotherapists' patient care. Musculoskeletal pain and injury are common occurrence and can often be frustrating and add to life stress. Many individuals have a hard time finding relief from previous injury and are unsure of treatment options.

How does MSK Ultrasound work? Musculoskeletal Ultrasound is an injury assessment technique that uses sound waves to create images of painful or injured areas in the body. This type of Ultrasound helps to provide visible, high resolution images without radiation or causing patients further discomfort.

What is MSK Ultrasound imaging used for? Musculoskeletal Ultrasound can be an effective tool for many different types of injuries such as: back pain, muscle and/or tendon injuries (e.g. rotator cuff, achilles, patellar), bleeding or other fluid collections within the muscles, bursae, and joints.

For example, there are many individuals of all ages who suffer discomfort caused by tendinopathy, overuse or irritation of the attachment of a muscle to a bone. Physiotherapists at PSMC are able to evaluate the patient and locate the source of pain using MSK Ultrasound. This evaluation can improve accuracy and speed of treatment. On the other hand, physios at PSMC also utilize MSK Ultrasound to guide minimally invasive treatment techniques, such as EPI®, directly to the injured tissue, improving outcomes and reducing recovery times, whilst providing an alternative to surgery in chronic conditions.


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