Diagnostic Ultrasound Scanning
Have you considered the use of ultrasound scanning for injury diagnosis?
Central London Osteopathy clinic offers this service.
Ultrasound Scanning involves using sound waves which reflect off surfaces the probe sits over to create an image of the underlying structure. Ultrasound has been used for many years in medicine and is more commonly known for the imaging of babies during pregnancy. There are obvious benefits of using ultrasound which include the fact that it is mobile, not harmful to the patient and is dynamic so we are able to move the patient in order to best visualise the structure we are interested in (unlike static images from an MRI or X-Ray for instance). It is becoming more popular in orthopaedics, sports injuries and musculoskeletal medicine (Osteopathy and physiotherapy) as the image quality improves and new techniques are discovered. It helps the practitioner to visualise soft tissue structures such as ligament, tendon and muscle as well as swelling and inflammation clearly.
Here is an example of some of the things that ultrasound scanning can be use for;
ROTATOR CUFF INJURIES
Ultrasound scanning is rapidly becoming the gold standard for imaging the shoulder. We are able to give an accurate diagnosis and prognosis by looking in detail at all the structures within the shoulder.
By ultrasound scanning a muscle or ligament damage, Matthew is able to give a more accurate diagnosis as well as quantify the amount of damage that has occurred. This helps athletes in particular discover a more accurate return to activity time as well as provide confidence that the treatment given is the most beneficial for that injury type at that time.
ACHILLES TENDON INJURIES
The key to achilles tendon treatment and rehabilitation is an accurate diagnosis. Using visual ultrasound to look at where there is a tear, thickening and where the inflammation is, a treatment plan can be designed to fit accordingly.
Often achilles tendon problems are treated similarly. This often leads to failure and a chronic long term problem.
ULTRASOUND GUIDED INJECTIONS
Matthew uses ultrasound imaging to guide dry needles (very thin acupuncture needles) or injections into specific areas to ensure treatment efficacy. This in turn often helps improve treatment outcome as well as reduce side effects and pain for the patient.
If you are looking for answers or a diagnostic ultrasound specialist in London contact MR MATTHEW STEVENS Tel:02079352030