Guided Ultrasound – Precision Matters

Ultrasound is a tool that can be used for diagnostic purposes as well as treatment. By using high frequency sound waves, an ultrasound machine creates images onto a screen showing contours of the internal body structures. This is helpful for finding/studying masses (tumors/lumps) in the body and is also used to diagnose DVT and vascular problems. Ultrasound is very safe and non-invasive, so it’s also used to take pictures of fetuses and determine the sex of babies. As a treatment, ultrasound can be extremely helpful and commonly used in physical therapy for relief of pain and muscle spasms.

Another common use of diagnostic ultrasound is to help guide a needle, for example a biopsy or tumor treatment. Ultrasound can also be used to look at ligaments inside of joints to help diagnose tears. At Solutions, we use ultrasound to help diagnose medial meniscus tears in the knee as well as labrum and rotator cuff tears in the shoulder. We also use ultrasound as guidance for all the joint injections we do. Oddly enough, our industry considers guided ultrasound for joint injections as ‘overkill’ and unnecessary; insurance companies don’t want to pay for it. However we continue to do it because we like the precision it offers.

Before any of our patients receive an allograft injection, we study their x-rays as a team and pre-determine the best location. The best results come from placing the allograft as close to the worst damage as possible. The ultrasound is used directly before and during the procedure to guide the needle to exactly the right spot. At Solutions, getting results for our patients is a top priority and innovation is key. We are not only constantly on the hunt for the latest regenerative medicine products but also very mindful of our technique; precision definitely matters.

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Author
Dr. Dan Levesque, DC Dr. Levesque has practiced chiropractic in Abingdon, VA for the last 25 years. After experiencing amazing success with regenerative medicine himself, he came to work for Solutions Integrated Medicine. He is highly committed to further studying this science for the purpose of helping more patients feel better, become healthier and avoid surgery.

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