Ultrasound in Rehabilitation and Biofeedback
Rehabilitative ultrasound, both as an assessment and biofeedback tool has developed out of the research carried out by Maria Stokes, Paul Hides and many others into muscle function.
Ultrasound evaluation of the deep abdominal musculature, in particular transverse abdominus and deep multifidus, in conjunction with ultrasound guided fine needle EMG studies has been responsible for major advances in our understanding of spinal pathology and dysfunction.
Unsurprisingly as the price of scanners has fallen physiotherapists have begun applying these techniques for evaluating the activity of the deep abdominal and lumbar musculature in clinical practice.
Advantages of ultrasound evaluation of muscle function.
Direct visualisation of difficult to palpate/examine deep
Cost of scanners (from £5000)
International Symposium on Ultrasound Imaging
Falling prices will soon make ultrasound scanners an everyday part of clinical practice for physiotherapists as well as medics. The experiences of women’s health physiotherapists have shown that ultrasound imaging can dramatically improve the efficacy of physiotherapy in evaluating and rehabilitating deep and difficult to access systems.