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Real time ultrasound is an imaging technique that allows your Physiotherapist to visually show you when different layers of muscles are contracting. It is mainly used on muscles that are located quite deep within your body, so it can be quite difficult to feel them turn on. It helps you see when and how you are turning specific muscles on in a non-invasive and comfortable environment.
Using this technique can assist with muscle timing/coordination and can help with a variety of different conditions including low back pain, SIJ pain, pregnancy-related low back pain, hip & shoulder pain, osteoarthritis/arthritis, knee pain & can also help you to get the most out of your exercises at home &/or at pilates classes.
It can also be used for trans abdominal assessment and exercises for pelvic floor problems.
This machine will help make your Physiotherapy exercise regime as personalised as possible to ensure your recovery and rehabilitation is as quick as possible. Your Physiotherapist will explain what your muscles look like at rest and while activated, and will assist you with isolated muscle contractions. Real-time ultrasound can also be used in elite athletes to improve their muscle coordination & activation to improve performance.
With recent advances in technology your Physiotherapist can use ultrasound to perform real-time assessment of musculoskeletal (MSK) pathology. Ligament, tendon and musculoskeletal injuries can be assessed during your physical examination to assess conditions across the entire body such as tendinopathies – lateral epicondyalgia (tennis elbow), medial epicondyalgia (golfers elbow) and Achilles tendinopathy, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tenosynovitis. Physiotherapists have recognised that imaging not only helps with diagnosis but also can monitor injury progress and direct rehabilitation.