According to a recent news release, Walton Pain Center is one of the first in Augusta, Ga, to incorporate musculoskeletal ultrasound into its care of pain patients. John Nicholson, MD,Walton Pain Center, (pictured right) notes that nationally more physicians are using musculoskeletal ultrasound to target and treat pain symptoms in patients.
The release notes that musculoskeletal ultrasound encompasses a mobile ultrasound and wand engineered to pick up internal structures of the nerves, tendons, and ligaments. The device’s video function also allows the ability to record video in real time in order to pinpoint dynamic changes. The device offers promise, since, “as a symptom, pain is often hard to see. Musculoskeletal ultrasound lets patients know that their pain in not an abstraction—they actually see it on the screen. So patients who might otherwise ignore their symptoms can see that there is damage, and they need to protect their joint,” Nicholson explains.
Nicholson adds that musculoskeletal ultrasound may also assist patients in discerning the exact level of their injury or pain, allowing them to complete their prescribed therapy and progress to recovery.
Source: Walton Pain Center