Ultrasound is a specialization within physiotherapy. Ultrasound imaging is a very useful way to study musculoskeletal structures like bones, joints, muscles, tendons, joint capsules, and ligaments. Ultrasound gives a direct view of movement, function, and anatomy of the body. Ultrasound makes it possible to properly assess tissue damage resulting from a (sport) injury, and can also be used to monitor the recovery of the soft tissue during rehabilitation.
During the ultrasound the physiotherapist sees dynamic images, as opposed to X-rays and MRIs, which only show static images. In this way the physiotherapist can establish a direct relationship between your complaint and the images. The test is quick, easy, comfortable for the patient, and can be done as often as needed.

The following diagnoses can be made:

  • Muscles: tears, scars, calcification
  • Tendons: tendinitis, tears, calcification, heel spurs
  • Bursae: bursitis
  • Ligaments: sprains, tears
  • Capsules: capsule inflammation, tears
  • Cartilage: joint wear, defects
  • Meniscus: tears
  • Cysts
  • Bones: loose bone fragments, bone breaks, dislocations
  • Nerves: compression