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New! Musculoskeletal Ultrasound at Trimetrics

New! Musculoskeletal Ultrasound at TrimetricsYou may have either had an ultrasound in an office or a hospital to look at what lies under the skin, or you may have had your pain treated with ultrasound. Ultrasound technology can be used for both diagnosis and treatment.

In general, ultrasound refers to high frequency sound waves which penetrate the skin. In medical/diagnostic sonography, these sound waves bounce off structures to provide a picture of what lies under the skin (think about how bats use echolocation to see in the dark). Diagnostic ultrasounds can be used to look at any structure in the body, including organs, soft tissue, even blood flow (Doppler ultrasound).

In ultrasound therapy, the sound waves create molecular vibrations in the tissue release chemicals that decrease inflammation, pain, swelling, promote bone or tissue regeneration, or can be used to break up scar tissue and calcifications, including kidney stones (shockwave lithotripsy).

As physiotherapists, we diagnose and treat any conditions or injuries which affect the muscles and bones, and we are always looking for techniques which can inform us on the condition of our clients and to further improve our accuracy.
As such, musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound is an exciting new exploratory tool now being used in physiotherapy practice. MSK ultrasound is sometimes referred to as “real time ultrasound” (which is actually a misnomer because all ultrasound is “real time”) as we can look inside the body and watch muscle and joint movement as it happens. Ultrasound can give us a clearer picture of what is happening in your bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or muscles.

New! Musculoskeletal Ultrasound at TrimetricsThe live images can be used to determine whether muscles are contracting properly in sequence, investigate the integrity of soft tissues (how strong and intact the structure of the tissue is, and whether there is inflammation or fluid accumulation in these tissues), and look at joint health – all of which can be used to improve the precision of your treatment.

Most importantly, this tool helps us as physiotherapists determine whether your condition warrants further investigation through imaging by your physician, to ensure that you are getting appropriate and effective care.

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