Ultrasound - Musculoskeletal
Ultrasound, an established time tested mode of radiological investigation, has carved a place for itself especially in Obstretics, Nephrology and Abdominal conditions. The technological advancements that made the machines portable have began to expand its role. One among these is musculoskeletal ultrasound
Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions. Its attractions include its safety, noninvasive and lack of ionizing radiation (x-rays). Dynamic assessment involving assessing the condition while moving the painful part adds to its value. It has advantages over x-ray and CT/ MRI scans which are static scans, while Ultrasound assessment is dynamic and in realtime (they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.).
In musculoskeletal ultrasound it has diagnostic potential and therapeutic utility by helping in precision guided injections, particularly pertinent in regenerative medicine. A blindly placed needle procedure using feel of the pain site eg.Tennis elbow injection may appear straight forward. But can the person injecting medicine be sure of the dept and precise location on needle tip and hence injection site. Blind injections too often result in inside tendon and distant to tendon injection which is likely to be ineffective or cause long term tendon problems. It makes it even worse when an inappropriately placed injection associated lack of pain relief is used as a justification for surgery.
Your ReLeaf doctors are well versed in this modern emerging utility of ultrasound. Their exepreince and skill in musculoskeletal ultrasound makes them stand out in delivery a precise diagnosis and treatment for your pain conditions.