At Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, ultrasounds have become an extension of our physical exam protocols, giving us the ability to make more accurate and immediate musculoskeletal injury diagnoses.
Benefits of our ultrasound services for the patient include:
- Portable equipment for comfort
- Low cost
- Dynamic imaging
- No radiation exposure
- Excellent resolution of superficial soft tissue structures
- Comparison ability for injured and uninjured opposite sides
Ultrasounds are a safe, painless method of producing pictures of the body using sound waves. This diagnostic imaging technique can show the body at rest as well as with dynamic movement since images are captured in real time. This type of imaging is also provided at a relatively low cost to the patient.
Musculoskeletal ultrasounds are used for diagnostic imaging as well as a tool for image guidance during injections for pain relief. Ultrasound-guided injections have been shown to be less painful at the time of the injection and provide more pain relief than unguided injections.
Ultimately, the improved performance of ultrasound-guided injections can lead to a decrease in healthcare costs for the patient, while also improving patient care. The providers at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics routinely use ultrasound guidance with injections to give patients the best possible outcome.