A diagnostic ultrasound can be used to learn more about a problem that may be effecting a athletes performance. This is especially true for soft tissue injuries that effect muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Ultrasound exams are very convenient because they are done in the office with real-time results. They are also much less expensive than MRIs, which in the past were the go-to method of looking deep inside soft tissues and muscle.
While there are times when having an MRI would be more appropriate for the situation, most sports-related injuries can be diagnosed with simple ultrasounds. Ultrasounds are also easily reproducible, which allows us to track healing or changes in your condition.
When administering injections (to deliver medicine, such as cortisone, or regenerative solutions such as platelet-rich plasma, saline, or whole blood to an injured or damaged tissue or joint) or aspiration treatments (to remove fluid, bad tissue, and in some ways even calcium build-up through a minimally invasive needle) to specific soft tissues or joints, sports medicine physicians can use ultrasounds to guide the procedure or treatment.
If you need a diagnostic ultrasound because of unexplained pain, injury, or another sports-related concern, please make an appointment with our sports medicine specialists today by calling our office!