Ultrasound examinations consist of ultrasonic waves being passed through the body’s tissues, based on the density of the tissues different images are produced. Ultrasound examinations are common in traumatology, particularly when examining tendon and muscle damage.
The ultrasound test is non-invasive, repeatable and affordable making it ideal for use in a wide range of injuries. These tests are also excellent for tracking progress as they can give you live feedback of what the internal changes of an injury are.
Typically, a doctor will wait around 48 hours after a muscle injury has taken place to perform an ultrasound examination in order to avoid overestimating the damage.
It is also necessary to repeat the test during rehabilitation to assess the process of muscle fibre repairs, helping to show how the recovery process is progressing.