Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging – An innovative way to help you get better faster.

Say hello to our newest addition! We recently added a state-of-the-art wireless rehabilitative ultrasound imaging unit to enhance our PT services to help you get better faster! 

What Is Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI)? 

  • A non-invasive modality used by Physical Therapists in research and clinical environments in order to evaluate muscle structures and behavior. 
  • Allows Physical Therapists the opportunity to measure both static and dynamic parameters of muscles. 
    • Static measurements include evaluation of muscle size, shape, and structure 
    • Dynamic measurements allow Physical Therapists to look at muscle activity and the behavior of the contraction in real-time
  • Allows the patient and the Physical Therapist to gain a clearer picture of the muscular dysfunction and its impact on associated structures (fascia, ligaments, and organs such as the bladder).
  • Acts as biofeedback to help each patient understand their body better.

How Do Physical Therapists Use RUSI?

ultrasoundRUSI is used to help evaluate and treat the core and pelvic floor muscles.  It is also indicated for athletic injuries and other musculoskeletal dysfunctions, such as hip and low back pain. RUSI allows our PTs to examine the function of specific muscles. Because it is challenging to isolate a single muscle and assess it’s recruitment and function manually, the RUSI enables us to: 

  • Quickly view individual muscles to accurately assess muscle recruitment and behavior. 
  • Provide an early and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, which speeds up recovery.
  • See and assess deep muscles and structures that are normally difficult to identify.

Research has shown that inhibition of the deep stabilizing muscles of the spine or the deep core (transverse abdominis) can significantly increase the recurrence of neck, hip, low back pain.

These muscles can become weaker with poor body mechanics, injury, or degenerative changes in the spine. Unfortunately, these muscles do not return to normal function with just rest and time. It has been shown that people who do not re-train these deep stabilizing muscles are more likely to experience recurring low back pain and neck pain. Additionally, several studies have found weakness and inhibition of the deep spinal stabilizers can cause injury to tendons, ligaments and muscles in the arm and leg. Research has shown that using RUSI to retrain the spinal stabilizers results in greater success compared to traditional rehabilitation techniques. By allowing us to see these deep muscles in real time on the ultrasound, the patient and the PT can confidently re-educate the appropriate muscles. 

RUSI Allows Physical Therapists To:

  • Obtain objective measurements of muscle function and health 
  • Assess the function of a single muscle in a muscle group
  • Identify deep muscles that are normally hard to evaluate
  • Give real time visual biofeedback to patients during dynamic movements 
  • Thoroughly educate patients on specific muscular dysfunction 
  • Assess and implement the best training and rehabilitation techniques for each patient
  • Monitor patients response to treatment to ensure progress is being made in an appropriate amount of time 

Why Your Pelvic Health Physical Therapist Loves RUSI?

  • The PT can assess the deepest core including transverse abdominis & multifidi muscles and pelvic floor muscles externally, without doing an internal muscle examination. 
  • The PT can assess the quality of a pelvic floor contraction (symmetry, ability to lift, etc)
  • Allows for visualization of the bladder to assess how it’s emptying and if it is symmetrically lifting, which assists in recognizing dysfunction and identifying the appropriate plan of care. 
  • Serves as feedback for a patient to be able to see what an appropriate contraction looks and feels like.

Come see how rehabilitative ultrasound imaging technology can benefit you in your recovery journey! Contact us to schedule an evaluation today!

About The AuthorLaura Glazebrook

Dr. Laura Glazebrook earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of North Georgia in 2012. Laura joined One on One Physical Therapy after spending 6 years specializing in neurological disorders, including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She continues to remain active in neurologic rehab, but enjoys integrating her passion for pelvic health into her practice. She enjoys providing a personalized approach to restoring optimal function for both neurologically involved patients as well as patients with pelvic health concerns. Laura has integrated her passion for pelvic health into her practice and is actively working to improve awareness of pelvic health concerns for individuals with neurological impairments. She participates in community outreach to educate support groups and healthcare professionals on pelvic health issues, and presented pelvic health considerations for neurologic patients at the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia’s fifth annual neuro symposium. Laura grew up in a dance studio, but currently enjoys an active lifestyle including running, triathlons, Pilates and yoga. In her time outside the office, she and her husband enjoy traveling and navigating the mayhem of parenting. You can email Laura at laurag@onetherapy.com. To learn more, visit www.onetherapy.com.