Diagnostic ultrasound revolutionises the treatment of traumatic injuries

Surgery on sporting injuries is undergoing a revolution with the use of diagnostic ultrasound. It is a minimally invasive technique that helps to locate the damaged area and focus all of the treatment on it. This means that it is not necessary to perform surgery, making it more effective, reducing recovery time and ensuring fewer complications for the patient.

What is diagnostic ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasound is a minimally invasive technique which is much more effective than surgery. The application of infiltrations takes on new significance with diagnostic ultrasound

Surgery on sporting injuries is undergoing a revolution with the use of diagnostic ultrasound. It is a minimally invasive technique that helps to locate the damaged area and focus all of the treatment on it. This means that it is not necessary to perform surgery, making it more effective, reducing recovery time and ensuring fewer complications for the patient.

Diagnostic ultrasound opens up a myriad of possibilities for the treatment of injuries in muscles, tendons and ligaments. From Achilles tendon problems and calcification of the tendons of the shoulder to tennis or golfer’s elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome, to mention just some of the conditions that can be treated with this technique. It can also be used in age-related degenerative joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis.

The application of an infiltration (corticosteroid, sclerotherapy, prolotherapy, viscosupplementation) and the use of biological treatments (such as plasma rich in growth factors) takes on new significance with diagnostic ultrasound. Thanks to ultrasound, the injury can be located and an infiltration made at exactly the right point. This means that blind infiltrations are now a thing of the past, effectiveness is improved when treating the disorder and recovery is shortened to a few days.

Diagnostic ultrasound also enables the infiltration to be monitored at all times. This makes it possible to avoid contact with anatomical structures located close to injuries, preventing the needle from passing through them and causing damage. It is a minimally invasive procedure, with incisions of 1-2 mm. And a visit to the operating theatre is not necessary because no surgery is required and treatment can be performed under local anaesthesia. This helps reduce pain and bleeding and accelerates patient recovery.

The application of this new technique offers many possibilities in the treatment of various disorders. For example, those associated with tendons. The vast majority have the peculiarity that blind infiltration is not possible. The main problem is that there is a major risk of rupture. With diagnostic ultrasound, infiltration can focus on the injury site, without risks.

For the treatment of osteoarthritis in the joints, the infiltration of hyaluronic acid offers many benefits. By doing so with diagnostic ultrasound, it is possible to easily reach small joints (such as dressmakers’ thumbs) and large ones (such as the hip), thereby avoiding injury to nearby structures such as the femoral artery and vein.

This new diagnostic ultrasound technique, coupled with the increasing presence of technology in operating theatres, is aimed at improving the quality of treatment for patients. It also provides the process (whether surgical or otherwise) with greater safety. The combining of technology and medicine is producing great results and numerous benefits for society.

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