You may be familiar with ultrasound tests from an OB/GYN, but this technology has many diagnostic applications in sports medicine. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Allen Deutsch, M.D., offers in-office, dynamic ultrasound, which allows him to assess your musculoskeletal movements in real time, at his practice in Bellaire, Texas. If you’re looking for musculoskeletal ultrasound in the greater Houston area, call or book an appointment online today.
Also called sonography, ultrasound is a painless medical procedure that uses sound waves to produce an image of your inner organs. Ultrasound technology is safe and noninvasive.
Unlike an X-ray or CT scan, ultrasound imaging doesn’t involve ionizing radiation. Ultrasound is also less expensive than an MRI and safe for patients with contraindications to MRI, such as a pacemaker or spinal pain pump.
Dr. Deutsch uses in-office dynamic ultrasound to continuously monitor your musculoskeletal movements and structures of your shoulder and elbow joint, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments in real time. He may use dynamic ultrasound to diagnose the following injuries and conditions:
In addition to using ultrasound as a diagnostic tool, Dr. Deutsch employs ultrasound for therapeutic purposes, such as improving accuracy for shoulder and elbow joint injections.
If you recently injured your shoulder or have ongoing shoulder pain, Dr. Deutsch may use dynamic ultrasound to immediately determine whether you have a rotator cuff tear. This means you don’t have to wait to schedule an MRI.
He may also use ultrasound to monitor your shoulder after rotator cuff repair surgery or to formulate a customized rotator cuff rehabilitation program.
Dr. Deutsch may use ultrasound as an assistive tool for optimal needle placement while performing joint injections for conditions such as frozen shoulder syndrome.
First, Dr. Deutsch performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to make sure that dynamic ultrasound is right for you. If so, he performs a convenient, in-office ultrasound exam at the time of your appointment. You don't have to worry about taking time off to schedule an MRI.
Before your ultrasound exam begins, Dr. Deutsch will apply a light layer of gel to the affected area. The gel facilitates sound waves that are transmitted from the handpiece, which is called a transducer, pass through your skin to the area of concern. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image, which allows Dr. Deutsch to view your musculoskeletal structures.
The entire process usually takes about 10 minutes and is entirely painless. Afterward, you can resume normal activities right away.
To learn more about how ultrasound can help diagnose your shoulder or elbow injury, call the office of Dr. Allen Deutsch or book an appointment online.