Why We Use Diagnostic Ultrasound for Injuries
Ultrasound technology allows us to diagnose injuries quickly. The evaluation takes place right in the office. During the visit, Dr. Abrahamson can see and evaluate most muscle, tendon and soft tissue injuries/concerns.
Diagnostic ultrasound costs much less than an MRI and even provides more detail for certain injuries than a traditional MRI. Dr. Abrahamson, one of the few physicians to dedicate himself to learning diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, can see injuries more dynamically during the exam. Where other imaging options require a patient to be still, Dr. Abrahamson can have the patient move the joint during the ultrasound. Being able to see the injury in motion allows for a better understanding of the injury.
Types of injuries diagnostic ultrasound can help diagnose
Other joint injuries
Most soft tissue injuries (muscles and tendons)
Helping the entire care team
Diagnostic ultrasound helps patients, not only by providing a fast and cost-effective diagnosis, but also by offering other providers on your care team (Chiropractor, Massage Therapist or Physical Therapist) a very specific diagnosis regarding the specifics and the severity of the injury. With a clear diagnosis, everyone on the care team can be on the same page with regards to your overall treatment plan.
Note: Integrative Sports Medicine does not recommend using diagnostic ultrasound for spine injuries due to limitations of the technology.