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Real Time Ultrasound

The physiotherapists at Hip Sport Spine use real time ultrasound to assess function of the deep muscles of stabilisation, especially those muscles of the trunk, spine and hips. These are the core stability muscles. Assessment of the deep stabilising muscle function can help the physiotherapists in their diagnosis of conditions and prescription of correct specific exercises for core stability. Patients who can see how their muscles are working in real time, via the ultrasound, gain a better understanding of how to activate these muscles correctly.

Athletes with muscle and other soft tissue injuries such as tendinopathies can benefit from real time ultrasound being used to monitor the rate of healing. Ultrasound can alert the physio and the athlete as to the extent of healing that has occurred, and thus assist in determining when is safe to return to sport or activity.