Friday, May 14, 2010

Ultra Sound And Sports Medicine

Ultra Sound is proving to be an incredibly effective way of diagnosing and guiding treatment of sports and dance injuries. Unlike X-rays and CT scans, it does not exposes patients to radiation and is harmless, painless, non-invasive, and relatively inexpensive.

Sports injuries are commonly caused by contusion arising from sudden or wrong movement, weight lifting, or falling on the leg, arm or some other part of the body. Extremity muscles are prone to injury because of the short tendon combined with a wide muscle body and fast contraction. The observable signs are pain, swelling , and function loss, but clinical examination, as good as it might be, does not allow complete assessment of the changes of the muscles, vessels and other soft tissues, which is why other diagnostic methods are needed;.
Here is how cutting edge Ultra Sound works. Muscle fibers are bound together with capillaries surrounded by fine connective tissue, with .muscle fascia spreading between muscle fibers, and, at the end, the muscle is transformed into a tendon. Ultra sound waves produce imagery that allows the diagnostician to visualize and differentiate with great precision these structures beneath the surface and even soft tissues. Once the problem is diagnosed, ultra sound can be used to guide injections and other treatments towards solving it.