Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Specialist

Ethos Integrative Medicine

Medical Aesthetics and Hormones & Sports Medicine located in Paradise Valley - North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

Many athletes are unlucky enough to experience a sports-related injury at some point in their careers. Effective evaluation and diagnosis of your injury is usually done through imaging, such as the musculoskeletal ultrasounds offered at Ethos Integrative Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona. Call the office or book an appointment online to see Dr. Matthew Hernandez. Find out more about how this diagnostic test can save you money while effectively helping assess your condition.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Q & A

What is a musculoskeletal ultrasound?

A musculoskeletal ultrasound helps detect sports injuries caused by damage to a muscle, ligament, or tendon. Usually, only an MRI can detect these injuries – not an X-ray – and an MRI comes at a high cost.

The musculoskeletal ultrasound involves directing sound waves through a wand, or transducer, through your body. These sound waves bounce back off of your soft tissue to create images of your internal organs and joints.

What are the benefits of a musculoskeletal ultrasound?

A musculoskeletal ultrasound can be performed at a fraction of the cost of an MRI, without compromising your diagnoses. Plus, it’s safe and noninvasive. You aren’t exposed to radiation as you are with an X-ray. The images are available right away to be evaluated by the doctors at Ethos Integrative Medicine.

The ultrasound can also provide a dynamic image. You can be placed into the position that’s causing you pain, so the doctors can see exactly what’s going on at that point. An MRI can only take an image when you are still and cannot assess how movement may affect the joint.

What conditions can musculoskeletal ultrasounds be used to diagnose?

If you have joint pain, a musculoskeletal ultrasound can help determine the cause. It evaluates:

  • Tendon tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle tears
  • Ligament sprains and tears
  • Joint inflammation
  • Nerve entrapments

In some cases, the ultrasound can even detect signs of arthritis.

What should I expect during a musculoskeletal ultrasound?

You don’t need any special prep before a musculoskeletal ultrasound. You’ll change into a hospital gown and position yourself on an exam table. The technician applies a warm gel to your body to help the transducer connect to the sound waves and glide easily along your body. They then softly press the transducer against the area or areas to be examined and glide the wand to get just the right image. Afterward, you clear off any leftover gel and get dressed. The ultrasound is not painful.

What is an ultrasound-guided injection?

An ultrasound-guided injection uses ultrasound technology to locate just the right place to send platelet-rich plasma or stem cell injections for optimal healing. Ultrasound injections improve treatment accuracy and effectiveness. Accuracy with ultrasound guidance is greater than 95%, but without ultrasound guidance accuracy of these injections is only 40%. To receive the greatest effects and benefits from regenerative therapy injections, you want them to be as accurate as possible.

What other injections may be guided with ultrasound?

In addition to ultrasound-guided injections of stem cells and PRP, you can take advantage of other therapies to reduce pain and produce healing. These include:

  • Trigger point injections, in which a small needle containing saline and a local anesthetic are injected into tight bundles of muscle to relieve pain
  • Prolotherapy, in which a natural irritant is injected into injured soft tissue to relieve back or joint pain
  • Prolozone®, in which a homeopathic/oxygen-ozone injection is injected into areas of pain such as your back, neck, shoulder, hip, or knee to offer relief
  • Perineural injection therapy, in which injections administered under the skin target nerves to reduce inflammation and restore normal function

If you suffer from chronic pain in specific areas, these ultrasound-guided injections may be a course of therapy recommended by Dr. Hernandez.

To learn more about how musculoskeletal ultrasounds may help you, call the office or book an appointment using the online tool.