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Ultrasound of muscles and joints
The first step in any physical therapy treatment is a correct and complete diagnosis. In order to achieve this we use the help of “real-time” ultrasound imaging.
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Diagnosis and Reliability
With ultrasound we are able to look into your body at different tissues and joints. We can see and evaluate them while moving. In the physical therapy we can examine the tissues of bone, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Once we have a diagnosis it is then easy and accurate to make a treatment plan for you. There is no time wasted guessing what it could be.
It is true that the diagnosis “lies in the eye of the beholder”, in other words the diagnosis is only as good as the persons accuracy and experience who makes and assesses the image. Joost van Mierlo has over 14 years of experience of making and using ultrasound in a responsible, accurate and professional way.
Indications, when do you need it?
Ultrasound in the physical therapy gives great insight in the following situations and issues: fractures, ligament problems, tendon pathology, any shoulder issue, knee problems, ankle injuries and all possible muscle tears. The most that we use it for is diagnosing shoulder pathology. The shoulder is a very complicated joint that has no manual specific tests. So there is only one way to really know what is going on and that is through imagery… MRI scans do not always get made so the ultrasound is an excellent low threshold way to get a detailed diagnosis.
Another important role that it plays is in training of our core or stomach muscles. With the growing problem of low back pain and all post-natal women who want to get their belly muscles in shape again is it indispensable. The deep stomach muscle is so deep that the only way you can definitely know that it is correctly contracting is with an ultrasound. This is an essential resource in “real time training and imaging” of our abdominal muscles.