Orthopedic specialists often rely on imaging studies to get an “inside look” at the source of their patients’ pain. These studies include X-ray, MRI and CT scan imaging. Another imaging modality that has been instrumental in Regenerative medicine is Musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Ultrasounds capture images of the body’s tissues by using harmless high-frequency sound waves. It offers several distinct advantages to practitioners who treat orthopedic injuries.
How Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Is Different
- Muscle, tendon, ligament and joint movements can be assessed in real time.
- Tendon and ligament tears that are often missed with MRIs can be accurately diagnosed.
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound provides guidance which provides for greater accuracy, safety and comfort when performing joint, tendon and nerve injections.
- The healing effects of regenerative Platelet Rich Plasma or Cell-based therapeutic injections can be monitored and confirmed.
Not all orthopedic specialists are trained to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Chris Rogers and Dr. Mary Ambach of San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group are specially trained in using musculoskeletal ultrasound to accurately diagnose and treat orthopedic conditions. They have a collective experience of more than 20 years in the use of this modality in the treatment of thousands of patients. Dr Rogers has the RMSK musculoskeletal ultrasonography certification and both physicians have mentored and trained physicians all over the world in the use of ultrasound in the practice of Regenerative medicine.
Why Don’t All Orthopedic Practices Use MSK?
It takes time, training and skills to learn the practice of musculoskeletal ultrasound. Once proficient, practitioners can take it one step further and get registered in musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging. To get the certification, practitioners must complete a rigorous exam and provide documentation of their clinical musculoskeletal ultrasound experience.[i]
The technology is expensive. San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group has made a significant investment in the most advanced ultrasound equipment available. Our diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound lab provides the most detailed visualization possible of joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves. Combined with our medical expertise, this means SDOMG patients receive precise diagnoses and targeted treatments that deliver the powerful healing properties of orthobiologics right to the source of their pain and injury.
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