Between 15 – 20 minutes.
What is a musculoskeletal ultrasound?
It is a diagnostic procedure used in medical centers that employs ultrasound to create two- or three-dimensional images. A small instrument very similar to a “microphone” called a transducer emits ultrasound waves. These high-frequency sound waves are transmitted into the area of the body under study, and their echo is received. The transducer picks up the echo of the sound waves and a computer converts this echo into an image that appears on the screen.
What does an ultrasound session consist of?
Ultrasound is a simple, non-invasive test. First, ultrasound gel is applied on the area to be explored and the physiotherapist, using the transducer, contacts this gel allowing him to visualize the structures under it on the screen.
What are the benefits of using ultrasound?
1. It allows the physiotherapist to evaluate the injured tissue quickly and compare it with the contralateral side.
2. Objectify the degree of initial injury as well as its evolution week after week.
3. The accuracy of the diagnosis allows a more precise programming of the steps to be taken during recovery.
4. Indispensable guiding tool for the use of invasive therapies such as EPI, dry needling or Neuromodulation, as it provides maximum precision for the exact treatment of the injury.
Elastrography - An added value
An added value to the use of ultrasound in physiotherapy is the Elastography tool, as it allows to evaluate the mechanical properties of the different tissues to be treated through the ultrasound image, on a color scale ranging from red (less resistant tissue, weaker) to blue (resistant tissue, harder), allowing to objectify the evolution and effectiveness of the treatments applied, both in Advanced Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation.
In CORPORIS physiotherapy we work with this diagnostic tool and assistance to invasive therapies since 2010. We currently have two ultrasound equipment, one of them recently acquired which has Elastography and High Resolution image.
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