Spring 2008 Issue

Ultrasound Aids In Treatment Of Musculoskeletal
And Peripheral Nerve Injuries

Ultrasound technology is now being utilized at our Concord & Huntersville offices to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal and peripheral nerve injuries. “These studies are a useful adjunct to a physical examination and can be performed at the time of the patient's office visit. No IV contrast or ionizing radiation is required, yet ultrasound provides excellent spatial imaging that rivals that of MRI images, and costs considerably less,” said Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates physiatrist John M. Lesher, M.D., MPH.

Example of an ultrasound image showing a longitudinal view of a left supraspinatus tendon tear
Uses for diagnostic ultrasound include:
Scanning common musculoskeletal areas including the shoulder rotator cuff and soft tissues surrounding the elbow, hip joint, knee joint, foot and ankle
Serving as a complementary test to nerve conduction and EMG tests. Ultrasound is typically better tolerated and preferred by patients. The median nerve can be easily evaluated when carpal tunnel syndrome is suspected.
Evaluation of other nerves including the ulnar nerve around the elbow and the peroneal nerve around the knee.
Aiding in more accurate injections. If fluid needs to be removed, ultrasound provides an easy way to localize the fluid and avoid repeated needle aspirations.

For more information, or to contact Dr. Lesher, call 800-344-6716.

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