CPMR is the one of only a few Central Illinois medical offices utilizing musculoskeletal ultrasound. For many patients, treatments done under ultrasound can be more effective.
At CPMR, we use musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK/US) to help diagnose injuries to muscles, ligaments and joints. MSK Ultrasound has become extremely popular not just for diagnostic imaging of musculoskeletal structures, but the application of ultrasound in pain medicine is a rapidly growing imaging modality in interventional pain management.
Ultrasound Guided Injections
Ultrasound guided injections are significantly more accurate than non-ultrasound guided injections. These injections are used at all joints, including the ankle and elbow. By delivering targeted treatment to the exact site of pain, ultrasound helps improve the precision, safety, and effectiveness of the injection procedure.
Advantages of Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound:
Ultrasound has many significant advantages over X-rays, MRI and CT scans. These include:
- Better Resolution of Soft Tissue than MRI
- Convenient in-office Service
- No Exposure to Ionizing Radiation.
- No Claustrophobia
- The Ability to Perform a Dynamic or LIVE Study. We can see the injured area move and look for evidence of injury.
- More cost-effective
- Ability to see inflammation
- Ability to Guide Injections, thus increasing the efficacy of the injection/nerve block. The patient gets better pain relief, which is the goal.
Diagnose Orthopedic Problems
Ultrasound may be used to help diagnose orthopedic problems such as:
- Tendinosis or Tendon Tears (rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder or Achilles tendon in the ankle)
- Ligament Injuries (torn ligaments in the knee, sprained ankle or wrist)
- Acute and Chronic Muscle Tears
- Meniscal Tears
- Bleeding or Other Fluid Collections within the Muscles, Bursae, and Joints
- Benign and Malignant Soft Tissue Tumors
- Joint Effusion (fluid) or Synovial (lining of the joint) Thickening
- Nerve Entrapment or Dysfunction
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