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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound involves the use of high-frequency sound waves to image tissues and bony structures in the body such as muscles, some ligaments, nerves, and tendons for the purposes of diagnosing pathology.

Who can Get and MSK Ultrasound

MSK ultrasound can be safely performed on all patients. If you have pain or a concern with your joints or muscles, an MSK ultrasound may be appropriate.

Why Get an MSK Ultrasound

Ultrasound can help determine the extent of the injury, sometimes clarify if surgery is indicated, or assess how well these injuries are healing. Common areas of interest include:

  • Shoulder
  • Arm/Elbow
  • Forearm
  • Wrist & Hands
  • Hip Joint/Great Trochanter
  • Lumbar Sacral/Gluteal Region
  • Hamstring/Thigh

In addition, MSK ultrasound can be used to investigate plantar fascia, carpal tunnel, ganglion bumps, unusual lumps on muscles or tendons, and more.

What are the benefits

Ultrasound can allow the technologist to watch your anatomy move in real time, such as examining how tendons move around joints, and if a joint separates when stressed. Plus, as the patient, you can show us exactly where you feel your symptoms, so we can pinpoint your area of concern at the time of imaging.