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Musculoskeletal Scans

Musculoskeletal Pain is usually caused by an injury to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves. It can be caused by various things such as a car accident, a fall or a direct blow to the muscle. Musculoskeletal pain can also be simply caused by overuse.
Common symptoms of MSK disorders include pain, stiffness, weakness, joint noises and a limited range of motion. You may also experience inflammation and swelling and tenderness.
Here at Ultrasound Care, we can carry out a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scan on various areas of the body. Such as Shoulder and upper arm, Elbow and Forearm, Wrists and Hands, Hips and upper thighs, Knees and ankle and foot.
A Musculoskeletal doctor, called an orthopaedist, specializes in these bones and joint scans, There is no preparation needed for this test, you can eat and drink as normal before and after the scan, We would just recommend wearing loose clothing.
A Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scan, which is also known as an MSK Scan, is a method used to produce images of tendons, joints, ligaments and muscles within the body. An MSK scan used to identify sprains, tears, strains and soft tissue conditions; it does this by using high-frequency sound waves that are transmitted through a handheld device to examine your muscles and tissues. If an injury to your tendon or muscle is suspected, an MSK scan can help to see if it’s torn or intact; it can determine the extent of the injury and clarify if surgery could be needed.
The ultrasound machine makes the procedure painless and therefore does not cause any further damage to muscles and ligaments which could be sprained or torn. It doesn’t use radiation so it can be safely performed on all patients, including pregnant women and babies. It will normally only take between 15-30 minutes.
The MSK specialist will usually share with you what he sees on the MSK scan and will make an accurate diagnosis. The treatment may include follow up examinations and may include further imaging techniques such as an x-ray, MRI or a CT scan.