Technology takes the credit for bringing light to previously unclear and unsafe treatment ideas. Now, medical experts can move with precision to treat ailments however severe, with maximum assurance of health recovery. Diagnostic Ultrasound is one of those technologies that are serving the medical field successfully. A variation of this technology known as Musculoskeletal Ultrasound has shown great promise in pain management. Patients with chronic and temporary pain opting for this treatment in a pain clinic vouch for its success. Let us discuss this new technology and try to learn how musculoskeletal ultrasound can be the best defense against pain.
What is Musculoskeletal Ultrasound?
This new technology uses a small probe to send and receive sound waves (from the top of your skin) through your tissues and bones. It then translates the received sound waves into images to allow medical experts have a ‘see through’ experience for easy diagnosis. The process uses a gel to make the sound wave sending/receiving easy. This medical process is non-evasive and doesn’t result in any kind of pain.
Why Should You Go for It?
Besides being non-invasive, musculoskeletal ultrasound is portable, low cost, and safe (non ionizing radiation). It is a diagnostic tool that medical experts use to investigate any anatomical discrepancy. Its image representations offer an accurate insight to the medical experts, removing uncertainty about the treatment process. Plus, its images can indicate sensitive/compromised structures/joints in the body, making pain management easy. Identifying small nerves and tendons through the imaging process makes nerve blocking (for pain suppressing) an easy and risk-free job. Even when injecting local anesthetic (at the right nerve) before continuing pain-managing treatment, the doctor can handle the situation better with this ultrasound technology.
What Conditions Can Ultrasound Diagnose for Treatment?
Pain can have a million different origins. In the absence of proper identification of an origin, it becomes difficult to decide upon the right treatment path. Ultrasound focuses on a quick and accurate treatment selection. Pain clinics using this technology can easily identify inflammation in musculoskeletal system, joints, bursa, tendons, and nerves successfully.
Is It Better Than Other Treatment Choices?
Pain management needs to trace the origin of the problem to cure it. CT scans and X-rays are the traditional choices to identify damaged nerves that are sending out signals of pain. But, images produced by traditional choices lack clarity and also introduce the threat of radiation.
On the other hand, musculoskeletal ultrasound offers high-resolution images for accurate nerve identification and it is free from radiation. Therefore, patients of any age group, and even pregnant women, can opt for this ultrasound to treat joint effusions, tendon tears, and ligament and muscle sprains.