Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound
The needs of Ultrasound for Musculoskeletal, MSK as it is known in the industry, is very similar to that of the Pain Management Physician. Procedures are largely the same when therapeutically injecting a muscle, tendon or joint. The big difference is that Musculoskeletal Docs will use their ultrasound machine for more diagnostic procedures. Originally popular in the US for examining the hips of newborn babies, Canadian and European Orthopedic Specialists had to rely on diagnostic ultrasound due to a lack of access to MRI machines, and a need to view torn ligaments in the shoulder, elbow, wrist and knees. For many years from the 1990s and beyond, mostly foreign doctors had any real sense of how to evaluate tissue with MSK ultrasound. American Doctors quickly began to appreciate the fact that this less expensive device could give quick accurate results and the bonus is dynamic ultrasound. Yes, unlike an MRI which takes only still pictures, ultrasound could evaluate the muscle, tendon or ligament while it is moving. The newest star in ultrasound was born.