Diagnostic Ultrasound Scanning in London
Ultrasound Scanning invlolves 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 preganacy. 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 XR 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.
Rotator Cuff injuries
Ultrasound scanning is rapidly becoing 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.
The above picture shows some basic structures within the shoulder we can look at.
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 (yellow arrow on image), 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 effacacy. This in turn often helps improve treatment outcome as well as reduce side effects and pain for the patient.
In the above image you can see the needle being inserted (arrow).