Over the past 10 years diagnostic ultrasound technology has improved greatly and is now considered better than MRI for visualising many tendons, ligaments and muscle injuries. The advantage of ultrasound imaging is the real-time fast diagnosis of injuries. Patients can expect to see their injuries on screen during their appointment. This means that treatment can be specifically targeted to individual problems allowing a more effective rehabilitation process. Ultrasound is also very safe as there is no radiation unlike X-ray and CT scans.
Who performs our ultrasound scans?
Our diagnostic ultrasound scans are performed by our expert MSK Physiotherapist Jonathan Wride. Jonathan is a dual qualified experienced physiotherapist and Musculoskeletal sonographer having completed extensive post-graduate education to specialise in muscle, joint and tendon injuries.
The advantage of an expert physiotherapist performing your ultrasound scan is that you can expect a full verbal consultation, physical assessment and ultrasound scan. Having a complete physical assessment and diagnostic scan means an effective treatment plan can be implemented from day one, getting you back from injury as soon as possible. We are happy to liaise with your personal therapist if you are receiving treatment at another clinic.
What to expect?
For the ultrasound scan the injured body part will need to be exposed. Patients are encouraged to dress accordingly for a scan. If you have a lower limb injury then it is requested you bring a pair of shorts with you. For shoulder injuries vest tops are preferable.
The physiotherapist will take a full history of your problem and then perform a physical assessment, which will involve moving the injured region and testing strength of the area. The area will then be scanned with all findings explained at the end of the consultation. This will include a treatment plan or onwards referral for further imaging or specialist review as required.
What is Diagnostic Ultrasound Useful for?
Diagnostic ultrasound is ideal for evaluating the following areas:
- Forefoot pain
- Heel pain
- Ankle pain
- Achilles tendon
- Muscle Tears
- Patella Tendinitis
- Knee Pain
- Hamstring Injuries
- Trochanteric Bursitis
- Shoulder Pain
- Rotator cuff tears
- Elbow injuries
- Wrist pain
- Finger problems
Please note we do not provide diagnostic ultrasound for the following:
- Lumps and Bumps
- The abdominal Region
- The Spine
Do I need a GP referral?
No. You can book yourself in for an ultrasound scan without a referral from a healthcare professional.
Do I need an Ultrasound scan?
If you are unsure if you require an ultrasound scan then contact the clinic for a free phone consultation to discuss your injury. We are more than happy to direct you towards the best pathway for your needs.
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