Musculoskeletal Ultrasound — aids in diagnosing a soft-tissue injury

An ultrasound is a machine used to visualize the structures beneath the skin. Most of us are familiar with the use of ultrasound to image growing babies and the structures of the heart. However, over the past 20 years, ultrasound is commonly being used to visualize tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. With ultrasound imaging, damaged tendons, ligaments, and muscles can be assessed in the doctor’s exam room. A patient’s injury can be evaluated in real-time and prompt treatment can be initiated. While x-rays remain the best tool to image bones and MRIs remain the best tool to evaluate cartilage and joint damage, ultrasound is an exciting tool that can provide patients with more immediate answers to the status of their injury. The best part about ultrasound…there’s no radiation exposure and it’s affordable.