If you have shoulder pain, knee pain, or another kind of sudden or chronic pain, you might need an ultrasound, aka the orthopaedic surgeon’s stethoscope. This state-of-the-art machine generates high-frequency sound waves that create images that help diagnose musculoskeletal injuries. At Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group the board-certified orthopaedic surgeons offer on-site ultrasound diagnosis for your convenience. There are five locations in Carmel, Newburgh, Mount Kisco, and Fishkill, New York, and Danbury, Connecticut, with experts in each office waiting to help. Call the office in your area for an appointment or book online today.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic and treatment tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an extremely detailed real-time image from within your body.
Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group offers ultrasounds, MRI, and digital X-rays in the office to make diagnosis and treatment planning convenient and quick.
You might need an ultrasound for either diagnosis or treatment of musculoskeletal injuries or problems.
Some of the pain assessed by ultrasound includes shoulder, arm, hip, knee, hand, and elbow pain. An ultrasound can help diagnose Achilles tendon tears, shoulder rotator cuff injuries, and elbow tendon damage.
Ultrasound can also assess joint problems, for example, hand osteoarthritis, by identifying bone spurs caused by the disease. Unlike the MRI, it doesn’t show inside the bones.
If the suspected damage occurs just below the skin surface, like in the tendons, ligaments, or muscles, an ultrasound is usually the best diagnostic test. For more serious damage, like that within the joints, you'll likely need an MRI.
Ultrasound is also commonly used to evaluate for blood clots in the legs or to evaluate the blood flow into the legs in the arteries.
Ultrasound frequently plays a role in the treatment of pain, as well. Doctors use ultrasound guidance to position the injections like steroid medication, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or stem cells into the precise spot to work the fastest and most effectively.
Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group uses ultrasound in both diagnosis and treatment to give you the most effective pain solutions in one place.
Yes, ultrasound is an extremely safe and reliable diagnostic tool. It doesn't use any ionizing radiation like an X-ray or a magnetic field like an MRI.
Wear loose clothing and be ready to change into a hospital gown if needed. You don’t need to change your eating or drinking habits before the ultrasound exam, as it doesn’t require anesthesia. The ultrasound usually takes less than half-an-hour.
At Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group, you’ll find answers for your pain, from the ultrasound diagnosis to the personalized treatment plan, in the same office. Call the location closest to you or request an appointment online today.