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Non-Invasive Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Procedure in Chronic/Acute Pain Management

People with musculoskeletal pain suffer a lot in their day-to-day lives. Musculoskeletal pain badly impacts bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. People who have undergone certain injuries due to accidents or physical disabilities may suffer from chronic to acute musculoskeletal pain. Even people with chronic arthritis or osteoporosis suffer from musculoskeletal pain harshly. If musculoskeletal pain restricts you from your usual activities, it is high time to speak to your physician without any delay. Pain management physicians/professionals who have undergone courses on musculoskeletal ultrasound and pain management interventions in India (basic/advanced) can better assist you with musculoskeletal ultrasound pain intervention procedures which are highly recognized as minimally invasive pain management. 


What is Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Pain Management?


Musculoskeletal ultrasound is an imaging procedure. The procedure allows medical professionals to see and identify the actual source of pain in muscles, joints, bones, and ligaments through sound waves (Ultrasound). Musculoskeletal ultrasound works on the same principle that is employed in sonar (submarine navigation and echolocation). This is completely a safe process and it does not require any radiation or any injectable contrast agent. MSK ultrasound allows pain management professionals/physicians to see through muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and joints in high resolution, and diagnose plus treat a condition without any invasive surgery or process.  


Why MSK Ultrasound is Unique?


Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a high-resolution ultrasound imaging process. This technology helps physicians move around during the process and point out the exact pain location of the patients through dynamic imaging. It helps physicians understand and determine how the motion impacts the area of the pain of the patients and offers the proper diagnosis and treatment regime to patients on the one go. 


MSK ultrasound (Dynamic Imaging process) offers a vivid picture of the pain of patients in real-time as patients move their arms, legs, or other area of the body directed by the physician during the process. This dynamic imaging process also helps physicians focus on arteries and veins and determine the rate of blood flow in pain-afflicted areas. 


What are Diagnosed by MSK Ultrasound?


Musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnoses a certain range of injuries as well as chronic conditions, such as tendonitis, bursitis, joint problems, tumours or cysts on muscles or joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, sprains, tears, trapped nerves, arthritis, and other painful musculoskeletal conditions. 


Benefits of MSK Ultrasound Procedure


Musculoskeletal ultrasound provides a better picture of musculature, tendons, bones, and joints compared to an X-ray, CT, or MRI. Also, MSK ultrasound complements other imaging processes (CT, MRI, or X-ray) for better diagnosis and treatment. 

  • MSK ultrasound provides a better view of relevant anatomy from various angles to pain management professionals and also helps to take still pictures of affected areas if necessary. 

  • Professionals can better comprehend the problems and source of pain through MSK ultrasound. 

  • This process is completely non-invasive as it does not require any injection or contrast agent. The procedure is completely free of health risks and side effects. 

  • The process does not enclose a patient in a confined area. So, patients with claustrophobia undergo the process without any health risk. 


Who are the Best Candidates for MSK Ultrasound?  

Patients who are undergoing chronic/acute pain due to arthritis, osteoporosis, muscle inflammation due to pain, soft tissue infections, muscle/bone injury, or acute pain are the best candidates for the MSK ultrasound. 


This process poses very minimal discomfort, and patients of any age; even pregnant ones are eligible for this process. 


Quick Note: If you are a Radiologist, Orthopedist, Rheumatologist, Ultrasound technician, Anesthesiologist, PMR, or an MBBS doctor and looking for courses to enhance knowledge and skills in MSK ultrasound pain medicine, diagnosis, and treatment, you can certainly pursue the 6-Month Fellowship in musculoskeletal ultrasound and pain management interventions in India online at Asian Pain Academy.

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