You often examine a patient, but you have not “seen” the condition. Ultrasound gives the therapist more insight into the examination and evaluation of the patient’s complaints. The physiotherapist’s judgment becomes more reliable, so that he or she makes even better choices for your treatment plan. MSU ultrasound removes doubts so that the physiotherapist can optimize the treatment policy. And you, the patient; it gets clarity!
With ultrasound, or rather MSU (Musculo Skeletal Ultrasound), images can be made of tendons, muscles, ligaments, burs, bones and joints. This allows the physical therapist to visualize various disorders. For example irritations of tendons; such as abnormalities of the Achilles tendon, a possible tennis elbow and calcifications in tendons (for example, around the shoulder). A heel spur or bursa inflammation can also be made visible using ultrasound.
The examination is easy and comfortable for the patient and can be repeated as often as necessary without damage. If the practitioner carries out the examination himself on the patient, he immediately sees the dynamic images, in contrast to X-rays and MRI which only yield static images. During the examination the patient can actively cooperate and indicate when and with which movement the complaints increase or decrease. The practitioner can then immediately establish a relationship between the complaint and the images that he sees. This allows a diagnosis to be made faster and the most appropriate treatment policy started.
Which diagnoses can be made?
- Water retention
Ultrasound can be a good tool to look into the body so that we can get more certainty about the complaint. Because of this you know for sure that you are well treated.
– Sanne Lugard, Physiotherapist and Sonografer