Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a safe and effective modality that allows your physical therapist to see the muscle, tendon, or joint where you feel pain. During your session your doctor of physical therapy may choose to utilize this imaging technique to aide in your diagnosis, or to ensure that your tissues are responding appropriately to therapy.
Diagnostic Ultrasound offers a number of important advantages compares to X-Ray, CT, and MRI in terms of safety and effectiveness. Diagnostic ultrasound in noninvasive and offers real-time imaging, allowing for examinations of structures at rest and in motion. This ability to capture the movement of the musculoskeletal components differentiates it from other imaging modalities and can permit a more accurate diagnosis.
Additionally, MSKUS uses high-frequency wounds waves that are transmitted from the probe through gel and into the body. The transducer collects the sound waves that bound back and the use those sound waves to produce an image. Ultrasound examinations does not use ionizing radiation (as used in X-Rays and CT Scans), thus there is no exposure to the patient or therapist. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the doctor how the body responds to mechanical stress, providing vital information to your examination and treatment protocol.
What are Some Conditions You Use Ultrasound to Treat?
Ultrasound is used to help the physician or physical therapist evaluate symptoms such as:
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MSKUS stands for musculoskeletal ultrasound. It allows us to see inside the body where you are experiencing pain. Unlike other imaging modalities (X-Ray, CT scans) diagnostic ultrasound does NOT contain harmful radiation.