You often examine a patient, but have not ‘seen’ the condition. Ultrasound gives the therapist more insight in the examination and evaluation of the patient’s complaints. The physiotherapist’s judgment becomes more reliable, allowing him or her to make even better choices for your treatment plan. MSU ultrasound removes doubts, allowing the physiotherapist to optimize treatment management. And you, the patient; it gets clarity!
Ultrasound, or rather MSU (Musculo Skeletal Ultrasound), can be used to make images of tendons, muscles, ligaments, bursae, bones and joints. This allows the physiotherapist to visualize various conditions. For example, irritations of tendons; such as abnormalities of the Achilles tendon, possible tennis elbow and calcifications in tendons (for example around the shoulder). A heel spur or bursitis can also be visualized by ultrasound.
The examination is easy and comfortable for the patient and can be repeated as many times as necessary without harm. If the practitioner himself carries out the examination on the patient, he immediately sees the dynamic images, in contrast to X-rays and MRI which only provide 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 directly establish a relationship between the complaint and the images he sees. As a result, a diagnosis can be made more quickly and the most appropriate treatment policy can be started.
What diagnoses can be made?
- Fluid accumulations