Manual therapy consists in treating with hands functional changes of the locomotor system occurring in the form of disorders located within the joints and soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, fascia or skin.
USG examination - it is a non-invasive, atraumatic method of image diagnostics, allowing for obtaining a cross-sectional image of the examined object.
The combination of manual therapy with ultrasound of the joint allows a more detailed diagnosis of the problem and more precise conduct of further therapy.
What is USG examination?
Ultrasound is a method, which allows for a safe and non-invasive look inside the human body. For this purpose it uses the action of ultrasound waves. These are nothing more than acoustic waves, but inaudible by the human ear.
An ultrasound machine, which is a device used to carry out an ultrasound examination, is a device consisting of two most important parts: the head and a screen with a monitor. When applied to the body, the head sends out ultrasound waves that penetrate deep into the skin and reach other tissues inside the body.
It is worth remembering, however, that the ultrasound wave penetrates body cells without having any adverse effect on them.
Joints are a combination of two adjacent bones and allow them to move in relation to each other.
What does this mean? Thanks to the joints we are able to maintain an upright body position and move. This is why any injury to a joint can effectively hinder everyday life.
Injuries, sprains or dislocations of the joints are serious lesions that leave a permanent mark and can effectively impede movement. A proper diagnosis is necessary in order to assess their condition, find out the cause and apply specific treatment. This cannot be done without an appropriate examination, including joint ultrasound.
Joint ultrasound is the first step in the diagnosis of any joint problems. It is almost always performed when a patient complains of pain, swelling, or restricted movement of a joint.
Depending on the joint affected, the doctor will look at other parts of the following joints.
A joint ultrasound consists of individual examinations of all joints in the human body. Thus, we can perform:
An ultrasound of the shoulder joint is usually performed in patients with chronic, severe and recurrent pain. The indication is also a restriction of its mobility and weakness of the muscles located in its vicinity. Thanks to it the so-called shoulder pain syndrome is very often diagnosed.
Ultrasound of the knee joint is carried out in most cases in patients after a knee injury and during physiotherapy to assess the progress it gives. Due to its accuracy, ultrasound also allows us to assess the condition of the tendons and ligaments of the knee.
Ultrasound of the elbow joint is considered the most accurate examination with which to assess the condition and function of the elbow. Since all the structures of the elbow joint are located just under the skin, ultrasound is able to diagnose cysts, tennis elbow, golfers' elbow, bursitis, epicondylitis and ulnar nerve canal syndrome with great accuracy. The examination also allows the extent of tendon and muscle damage within the joint to be assessed.
Ultrasound of the wrist and hand. Sensory disorders, cysts, restriction in hand grip, swelling - all these ailments can be diagnosed. The ultrasound examination allows to find out the cause of the problem, but also to assess its extent.
Ultrasound of the hip joint is usually performed in older people, in whom very often the joint itself and the femur are damaged. What is most important when performing the ultrasound is the presence of fluid in the joint, which may be the cause of serious disorders, such as the so-called "snapping hip".
Ankle and foot ultrasound is most commonly performed when redness of unknown origin appears on the patient's foot. It is also used in patients with ankle injuries and foot strains.
for people who are in pain and want to avoid invasive medical surgery
Detection of tumors and cysts in the joint by palpation
Since ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive examination method that does not interfere with the functioning of the body, there are virtually no contraindications that would prevent its use. However, it should be remembered that the ultrasound examination cannot be performed on skin with open wounds and burns. Pain in the patient may be caused by carrying out an ultrasound examination in the area of the joint after an injury.
One ultrasound examination during manual therapy applies to one area!
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