There are many physical issues which can be difficult (if not impossible) to accurately diagnose by a physical examination alone and determining the correct treatment options requires an in-depth understanding of the problem at hand. However, technological advancements now allow a much more targeted approach to be taken. One interesting method involves real-time ultrasound.
What is Real-Time Ultrasound?
A real time ultrasound is primarily used to obtain an accurate “view” of underlying muscles and connective tissue using sound waves. This is often required when diagnosing problems associated with complex areas of the body. Common examples include the diaphragm, the pelvic floor, the transverse abdominus, and the multifidus. Ultrasound techniques will allow physiotherapists to identify any areas of concern while the body is in movement and therefore, to offer the most effective treatment options and customised exercises.
The Benefits of Real-Time Ultrasound Therapy
Unlike static images such as x-rays, this type of ultrasound can be used to appreciate the ways in which specific areas of the body move in real time. In other words, physiotherapists can obtain a better understanding of any underlying problems that may exist. Some other amazing advantages include:
- A completely non-invasive diagnostic approach.
- Issues with tendons and some ligaments can also be assessed.
- No pain is involved, and the issue can be seen immediately.
However, these advantages are really only the beginning. Besides being able to aid in the stability of your core musculature, real-time ultrasound can also help to prevent these very same injuries from recurring due to the fact that you will have a better understanding of your unique body mechanics. Furthermore, more accurate approaches to treatment will often lead to quicker recovery times. This is important if you are an athlete or if you cannot afford significant time off work.
To put these observations into perspective, using Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) has been shown to have a 70% success rate in preventing a return of low back pain (LBP) within 12 months. The same study showed that those patients who didn’t undergo the ultrasound retraining had only a 16% chance of remaining pain-free. This means your chance of avoiding repeat back pain is 4.4 times better with RTUS Retraining.
When we then consider the fact that the treatments themselves are quick and straightforward, there is no wonder why so many patients opt for this approach.
Targeted Treatment for Accurate Results
So, it is clear to see why physiotherapists employ this method. Have you been suffering from issues such as sciatica or lower back pain? Do you need to identify issues with the core muscles of your body or do you have additional questions? If you would like to learn more about real-time ultrasound therapy or to speak with one of the physiotherapists at Turramurra Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, please contact us to schedule an in-depth appointment. We will be more than happy to provide you with answers.