How is diagnostic ultrasound used at Complete Physio?
Complete Physio have pioneered the use of ‘point-of- care ultrasound’ (often referred to as POCUS) alongside their physiotherapy assessment and treatment for the past ten years.
Complete Physio believe that diagnostic ultrasound provides an important addition to traditional physiotherapy assessment and treatment, allowing accurate diagnosis of soft tissue injuries which significantly advances treatment and management of a wide range of conditions.
Diagnostic ultrasound can be used for identifying and diagnosing a wide range of conditions in the upper and lower limb.
Your diagnostic ultrasound will be carried out by your physiotherapist, who has completed additional specialist training as a musculoskeletal sonographer (a qualification which allows them to assess your muscles, joints and tissues using diagnostic ultrasound).
- Combined physical assessment with ultrasound scan.
- Safe and pain free imaging.
- No additional cost.
- Adjunct to physiotherapy assessment.
- Dynamic scanning.
- Comparison with asymptomatic side.
- Used for guided injections.
- No side effects.
Diagnostic ultrasound is offered to patients who have pain in their joints or soft tissues to aid diagnosis, alongside traditional physiotherapy assessment and tests.
Diagnostic ultrasound is useful in assisting with the diagnosis of muscle tears, tendon injuries, joint pain and ligament injuries.
After the shockwave session you will be able to move the body part normally. Many of our patients feel a significant reduction in pain following a shockwave treatment. However, normally within 2-4 hours after the session they experience some temporary soreness and tenderness in the area. This rarely lasts more than 24 hours and is a normal reaction to shockwave therapy. In most patients, this will not limit normal daily activities.
Yes. Diagnostic ultrasound is used as part of a full physical assessment. Diagnostic ultrasound can be integrated with your treatment to aid ongoing assessment, e.g. to assess and monitor the healing of a muscle tear. Ultrasound can also be used to guide treatments such as dry needling or joint and soft tissue injections.
Diagnostic ultrasound is not a painful procedure. It is non-invasive; the probe is simply placed on the skin using some coupling gel. There is no heat transmission or radiation, and it is entirely safe.
A diagnostic ultrasound typically takes around 10-15 minutes. However, certain structures can be scanned very quickly taking just a couple of minutes. The amount of time spent scanning is very dependent upon the condition. If the scan is likely to include an ultrasound guided injection the session will take approximately 30-45 minutes.
No additional charge is made for the diagnostic ultrasound. It is included in the cost of your consultation. You must ask for your assessment to include a diagnostic ultrasound when you make your appointment to ensure you get booked in with the correct therapist.
At Complete Physio the diagnostic ultrasound is performed as part of your physiotherapy assessment and treatment. Therefore, there is no additional charge and the cost of your assessment, including the ultrasound, will be covered by your insurance company.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide patients with a copy of the images following the ultrasound. We do, however, provide a copy of the report which can be sent to the patient to pass on to their GP or other healthcare professionals if required.
Our clinicians do not perform ultrasound of any areas around the spine, neck or trunk. Please also note we do not offer ultrasound assessment for hernia or ‘lumps and bumps’.