When we are not in control of our bodies, we can feel vulnerable and uncertain. This is especially true when it comes to unexplained pain or discomfort that seems to spring up out of nowhere. With the advancement of technology today, specialists are able to use a musculoskeletal ultrasound to help identify the cause of unwanted pain and unknown symptoms. A musculoskeletal ultrasound is a relatively quick diagnostic option that is used to supplement the information provided by other testing methods. It is best suited for evaluating soft tissues rather than bones. Structures like muscles, tendons, ligaments and bursae are seen with excellent detail using this option.
How Does a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Work?
Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears, trapped nerves, arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Ultrasound scanners consist of a computer console, video display screen and an attached transducer. The transducer is a small hand-held device that resembles a microphone. This imaging method is safe, non-invasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.
What Does It Diagnose?
Sometimes it is hard to initially understand what may be going on in our bodies. We may feel aches and pain without any known cause. Thankfully, with medical and technological advances we are able to see a clearer picture. This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Images are typically used to help diagnose Achilles tendon issues, ligament sprains, muscle tears, and a range of other problems.
Musculoskeletal Ultrasoundin Michigan, Illinois, & Kentucky
Our podiatrists at Beyond Podiatry are foot care experts, and they’re ready to help you with symptoms you may be feeling. We understand that knowledge is key and knowing what is going on in the body can help cure and prevent serious illnesses. As such, we can use ultrasounds to make sure everything is running smoothly or to help diagnose the cause of your pain and discomfort. If you are ready to feel better and take back control over your body, our podiatrists are ready to assist you. Schedule your visit through the online tool or call your nearest office today.