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The benefits of Ultrasound for muscle and bone problems

Diagnostic ultrasound has come on leaps and bounds in recent years with the latest technology providing excellent images of deep tissues. Consequently, many previously unseen pathologies can now be identified.

At Clinic 360 we can observe, measure and monitor chances to tendons, bursa, the presence of neovascularisation (new blood vessels) and tissue inflammation.

Calf muscle tear on UltrasoundThe image opposite shows a tear within the calf muscle.

It is the long black area between the muscle fibres and can be clearly seen and measured. As time and treatment progresses we can measure the tissue improvements and ensure the client returns to their activities at the right time. Too soon and their tissues can re-tear.

Combining these objective measures of tissue irritation with a person’s clinical presentation, enables us to provide an accurate diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is established then evidence based treatment options are available.

One, well proven treatment is the use of injectable corticosteroids. If tissues are inflamed then best management can be to reduce the inflammation with guided injections.

Clinic 360 strongly recommends all injections are performed under guidance so as to minimise risks and to ensure the injection is both well placed and appropriate.

Ultrasound injectionThe image on the left shows a needle being guided into a shoulder bursa. The needle doesn’t enter the tendon or any major blood vessels or stick against the bone.
By using ultrasound in this way injection therapy is more accurate/ less damaging / less risky and produces better effects.

The use of ultrasound is developing and Clinic 360 uses the best imaging device on the market. With over 15 years of scanning and injection expertise, the clinical use ultrasound can really help to identify damaged tissue and deliver injections.