Diagnostic Ultrasound is a cost-effective imaging modality that provides detailed information about ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and fascia. The use of ultrasound continues to expand in medicine. Most people think of ultrasound in viewing babies in the womb or in the use of therapeutic ultrasound in a physical therapy clinic, but ultrasound has been used for years to look at the heart and organs of the abdomen as well.
Within the past 25 to 30 years, medical providers have been continually expanding and improving the use of ultrasound to look at the musculoskeletal system. Providers may use the terms diagnostic US or musculoskeletal US to describe this use. Diagnostic US lets providers look at each individual structure within the body and allows for functional examination. This means that we can watch as we move and/or stress a patient’s structures to identify whether there is any laxity or injury, or we are able to observe while mimicking the movement or position that causes the patient’s symptoms.
The providers at PICSM are proud to be at the leading edge of diagnostic ultrasound. Our excellence comes from our providers’ years of experience and regular intensive training to stay at the highest skill level, as well as our use of high-quality ultrasound equipment.
In addition to providing a great way to look at the tissues of the body, ultrasound is also a great tool to use when providing very accurate injections. With ultrasound, we are able to guide the needle down the desired target and actually watch the placement of medication. Numerous studies have shown the decreased accuracy of unguided, or “blind,” injections. Ultrasound-guided injection also allows us to see the neurovascular structures and, thus, decrease the risk of hitting/puncturing them during an injection. Based on industry studies and our provider skills, we feel confident that at PICSM we can offer you a safe, convenient injection/procedure with increased efficacy and less pain!