What is the Musculoskeletal scan for?
Musculoskeletal (MSK) is relating to or involving the muscles and the skeleton. This scan is useful to investigate the reason for pain, tenderness or limited movement in joints in various parts of your body.
Often there can be injury or conditions due to sports injury or specific types of repetitive work activity over a long period of time.
It can also investigate Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), often known as repetitive strain injuries, are conditions that can affect movement in your muscles, bones, and joints in conditions such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone fractures
These conditions are very common and can often range from mild to severe symptoms. The pain and discomfort often interferes with your everyday activities and the risk is higher with age.
What does this scan show?
This scan assesses the joints including muscles, tendons, ligaments and arteries in the following joints:
- Shoulder & Upper Arm
- Elbow & Forearm
- Hip & Upper thigh
An ultrasound scan of the shoulder is used to check for muscle tears and fluid associated with the rotator cuff, swelling and subluxation of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, and the long head of the biceps tendon (LHB) can be assessed.
An ultrasound scan of the ankle is used to assess tendons and ligaments for damage and also the ankle joint for fluid. Ruptures, tears, and tendinopathy of the Achilles tendon can also be well assessed with ultrasound imaging.
An ultrasound scan of the knee is used to assess the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL), Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL), quadriceps and patella tendon for strains and tears. The popliteal fossa is also checked for Baker’s cysts, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and other abnormalities
An ultrasound scan of the elbow is used to rule out lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) and assess injury to the lower parts of the biceps and triceps tendon.
An ultrasound scan of the wrist is used to check for swelling of the tendons in the wrist. De Querveins abnormality is a common condition of the wrist that is diagnosed with ultrasound imaging.
Calf muscle Scan
Tears in the calf muscle region can be well visualised with ultrasound.
The Ultrasound Scan Procedure
Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation. During the ultrasound scan, a warm water-based gel is rubbed on the area to be examined and an ultrasound probe is gently moved around on the skin to obtain images. The ultrasound scan has no known risks and is usually pain free. When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue.
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