DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND IMAGING AND ULTRASOUND GUIDED INJECTIONS
We offer a full range of diagnostic ultrasound imaging and therapeutic ultrasound as well as ultrasound guided injection procedures (Platelet Rich Plasma and Steroid) for musculoskeletal disorders of the foot, ankle and knee.
If you have a musculoskeletal disorder of the foot, ankle or knee it is recommended that you undergo a full Orthopaedic Assessment at the clinic. This is a comprehensive examination and is designed to diagnose your condition; but also, identify any underlying causes.
As part of your Assessment at the clinic your Podiatrist may recommend an Ultrasound Scan. This will allow bony (e.g. joints) and soft tissue structures (e.g. tendons, ligaments, plantar fascia, neuroma) to be examined and assist in diagnosing your condition as well as identify treatment options.
If you have been referred to the clinic by another healthcare professional for an ultrasound scan/injection we will provide your treating clinician with a full report of any clinical findings.
What is Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging?
Ultrasound imaging is a non invasive medical test that helps medical professionals diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions.
Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and soft tissue structures throughout the body.
Ultrasound is safe and painless. It produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound examinations do not use ionising radiation, (as used in X Ray) thus; there is no radiation exposure to the patient.
What are Ultrasound Scans used for?
Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose:
- Tendon inflammation, partial or complete rupture
- Muscle tears, masses or fluid collections
- Ligament sprains or tears
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursa and joints
- Nerve entrapments such as tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Joint capsule inflammation
- Benign and malignant soft tissue tumours
- Ganglion cysts
- Foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as splinters or glass)
Example – Ultrasound image of the Plantar Fascia where it attaches to the heel bone.
What happens if I need an ultrasound guided injection?
If as a result of your ultrasound scan your Podiatrist recommends an injection it may be carried under ultrasound guidance. The Clinic provides two main injection procedures; Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Steroid – this will be discussed with you prior to any procedure.
Ultrasound guided injection is a more accurate delivery method and may be carried out under local anaesthesia to ensure the procedure is pain free.
How should I prepare?
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may need to remove all clothing and jewellery in the area to be examined.
What will I experience during and after the procedure?
Ultrasound examinations are painless.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound examination is usually completed within 15 to 30 minutes.
After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
Please contact the clinic on 01235 798313 and one of our team will be pleased to arrange the appropriate appointment for you.