Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging
Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging is a tool used by physiotherapists to visualize deep muscle contractions in real time that normally cannot be visualized with the human eye.
Ultrasound machines use sound waves to generate images of structures deep within the body that would otherwise be difficult to see. Typically, ultrasound is used to diagnose medical conditions and to generate fetal images during pregnancy.
Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging in the field of physiotherapy is still very new, and its uses continue to evolve. At family Physiotherapy Centre we use diagnostic imaging to teach patients proper muscle control and contractions of their core stability muscles such as their Transversus Abdominus
What is Ultrasound Imaging used for in Rehabilitation?
Physiotherapists use ultrasound primarily for the treatment of low back pain and for pelvic floor rehabilitation. We can visualize the location, size and composition of deeper muscles in the abdominal and lumbar area. It can also be used as a form of biofeedback so that both the patient and therapist can see muscles contracting in real time.
Many patients with low back pain have weakness of the deeper muscles of the core in the lumbar and abdominal area. Because these muscles are very deep, it is difficult to assess their functional status without diagnostic ultrasound imaging.
Many patients with urinary incontinence issues are taught the Kegel exercise and are asked to contract and isolate their pelvic floor muscles. This can be very difficult to isolate from the abdominal muscles without ultrasound imaging which can visually show a proper pelvic floor contraction in real time.
Biofeedback is the visual and/or auditory response of a machine programmed to measure changes in the human body’s physiological activity. Biofeedback is primarily used to teach people new physical responses which were previously considered automatic and not within the person’s conscious control.
You can call and book an appointment. Your assessment will be booked at a time of your choice. You will be able to spend 60 minutes with our physiotherapist.