Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds Provide a Look into Body’s Soft Tissue Workings

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If your health care provider is trying to get a good look at how a certain set of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones work together, a musculoskeletal ultrasound might be an option. Musculoskeletal ultrasounds provide quick, reliable, and cost effective diagnosis of acute and chronic muscle and joint injury.

This type of non-invasive medical imaging test can help doctors diagnose and treat conditions they might not otherwise be able to see, according to the Radiological Society of North AmericaOff Site Icon (RSNA).

Because ultrasound images are recorded in real-time – as opposed to the single image an X-ray, for example – they can show both the structure and the movement of soft tissue within the body, according to the RSNA.

Common orthopedic conditions musculoskeletal ultrasounds are used to diagnose, according to the RSNA, include:

Another use for musculoskeletal ultrasounds is to have a precise location for joint injections, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Traditionally, joint injections were placed based on using anatomical markers to help a physician decide where to insert the needle.

With musculoskeletal imaging, doctors know the exact location of where to inject medication for an effective result because they can see the injection site, according to the NIH.

For more information about musculoskeletal ultrasounds, talk with your sports medicine or orthopedic doctor or visit our Orthopedics page to find a physician.