Diagnostic Ultrasound is a very valuable clinical tool in assessing soft tissue pathology. Diagnostic ultrasound involves the use of a scanner to send soundwaves into the tissue. They bounce back a signal from the tissues to create an image of the underlying tissue. We use diagnostic ultrasound in the clinic to help assess tendon and soft tissue pathology. It allows us to be more specific in our diagnosis and know when to refer or how to best rehabilitate the injured region.
It is an excellent tool for assessing shoulder pathology and helping to identify underlying rotator cuff pathology or a bursitis. We also use the ultrasound to assess other tendon pathology within the body. Commonly scanned tendons include the Achilles and patella tendon.
Diagnostic ultrasound can also be used in teaching deeper abdominal activation which is imperative to having a happy healthy lumbar spine.