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Real-Time Ultrasound Imaging Joondalup

Real-time ultrasound imaging, or RTUI, is known by most for examining babies in utero. It’s useful for inspecting injured shoulder tendons, as well as for assessing and retraining the deeper muscles in the body that aren’t reached by exercises.

Seeing is Believing

Exercises may not get the proper muscle contracting in the correct manner. With RTUI, you can see the muscle working onscreen while it contracts and relaxes, simplifying the learning process of how to move the muscle to retrain it. The many muscles we can use RTUI on include low back and deep abdominals, pelvis, hip and low back, and the stabilising muscles used in recovery from back and neck injury.

Low Back and Deep Abdominals

Often referred to as the core muscles, these support the abdominal wall and low back. There are several groups that should be assessed and rehabilitated for optimum low back function: the diaphragm, transversus abdominus, lumbar multifidus and pelvic floor.

Pelvis, Hip and Low Back

These types of injury are common in the sporting population. To keep your body strong and flexible or rehabilitate them after a low back or pelvic injury, RTUI can help you get the best out of your exercises. Hip arthritis can also be managed. The muscles that are imaged in the pelvis or hip include iliopsoas (hip flexor), gluteus medius and minimus and quadratus femoris.

There are several interesting statistics about low back pain:
Read the statistics…

  • 80% of people aged 20-50 will experience low back pain
  • 80% of these people recover after approximately six weeks while another 20% will go on to develop chronic low back pain
  • 80% of those who recover within six weeks experience another episode within 12 months
  • After the second incidence of pain, the person is more likely to experience frequent and more severe exacerbations in the future
  • Research has demonstrated that proper retraining of deep stabilising muscles after an episode of low back pain, compared to patients who have been rehabilitated with standard exercise programmes, decreases the chance of recurrence in a two-year period by over 13 times

Pelvic floor dysfunction can be noninvasively evaluated with a probe across the lower belly area. Bladder volume is measured and pelvic floor lift examined to understand the proper contraction to resolve pelvic floor issues.

Post-Injury For Neck or Back (including whiplash)

Your lumbar spine’s stabilising muscles are deep, making them difficult to assess with accuracy. With the use of real-time ultrasound imaging, the physiotherapist and patient can see the image of these muscles onscreen while they’re being exercised, ensuring that they’re tailored precisely to suit your needs.

Want to Learn More?

Contact Arena Joondalup Physiotherapy today to find out more about whether real-time ultrasound imaging Joondalup would work for you.  We offer same-day and Saturday appointments and accept health funds.

Ultrasound Imaging in Joondalup WA | (08) 9301 1600