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Musculoskeletal ultrasound

If you have an orthopedic or sports injury, turn to the team at OrthoKansas for expert diagnosis and treatment. Our sports medicine team uses musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound - a safe, painless procedure that uses sound waves to look at different parts of the human body. It allows our physicians to look at MSK injuries to your muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, soft tissue and nerves throughout the body in real-time. It helps diagnose orthopedic and sports injuries, such as rotator cuff tears, tendonitis and chronic conditions such as joint swelling.

We also use MSK ultrasound to guide injections, allowing us to be more precise, accurate and reduce any associated pain. Not all injections require ultrasound guidance, but it’s required for some joints based on their size or the complexity of the procedure.

What are the benefits of MSK ultrasound?

MSK ultrasounds use advanced technology to allow our physicians to look at your anatomy in real-time. You can watch as images are captured and see the results on-screen as testing is underway.

  • The procedure is quick and painless, usually taking between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on the size of the area we’re looking at.
  • Ultrasound uses sound waves, not radiation or magnets, so it’s safe for all patients.
  • Ultrasounds are completed in the OrthoKansas offices – there’s no need to visit a separate location.

What should I expect?

Following an evaluation with our sports medicine team, an MSK ultrasound may be beneficial. We spread a water-based ultrasound gel on your skin and wipe it away once the imaging is complete. The gel allows us to pass the transducer gently over your skin to generate detailed images in real-time.

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for an MSK ultrasound. We recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, such as shorts or a short-sleeved shirt, to your appointment.