Musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound scan & sports injuries


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Musculoskeletal ultrasound scan

Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging or MSK scan is changing the treatment and recovery of sports injuries and other muscular, tendon and ligament problems. If you are suffering from pain in any of your joints or have the following complaints listed below, then ultrasound will help you in getting an accurate diagnosis and evaluating effective treatments such as surgical intervention, monitoring your therapy and assisting physiotherapy treatments.

This is a safe, non invasive technique that is fast and accurate at diagnosing many problems and if you are worried we are happy to see you for a first line of investigation.

Depending on the presenting clinical symptoms the ultrasound examination can involve a full assessment of a joint, or it can be tailored to a specific region of interest.

Common areas treated include shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip, knee and ankle. It can be particularly useful following a sports injury.

shoulder ultrasound scan

The MSK scan

The scan usually takes 15 to 30 minutes.

During the scan we will discuss your clinical symptoms and ask you to demonstrate or describe the mechanisms of your injury, point to areas of tenderness and show us if there are any symptomatic changes with movement.

Depending on the area being examined, you will be lay or sit on the ultrasound couch or a swivel chair. You may be asked to move the extremity being examined to evaluate the anatomy and function of the joint, muscle, ligament or tendon.

A warm water-based gel is applied to the area of the body being studied. The gel will help the transducer or scan probe make secure contact with the body and allow ease of movement of this probe over the area being examined. Images will be captured of any problem area.


MSK results

This is my clinics use only specifically MSK trained specialist and radiologists to scan and evaluate musculoskeletal problems.

We will share with you everything we see on the ultrasound scan and we will listen carefully to you to ensure an accurate diagnosis is made.

Ultrasound may find that follow-up examinations or further imaging techniques may be necessary to further evaluate a problem area or a questionable finding. Sometimes an X-ray, MRI or CT scan could be needed. If this is the case we will discuss this with your GP or healthcare professional. A follow-up may also be needed to monitor change in a known abnormality over time.

General diagnosis

  • Tendon tears, or tendinitis.
  • Muscle tears, masses or fluid collections.
  • Ligament sprains or tears.
  • Nerve entrapments.
  • Inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints.
  • Early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Hernia.
  • Benign and malignant soft tissue tumors.
  • Ganglion cysts.
  • Foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as splinters or glass).
  • Dislocations of the hip in infants.

Specific complaints

Shoulder & Back

  • Tendon tears, or tendinitis of the rotator cuff in the shoulder,
  • Frozen shoulder, pain, swelling or masses, impingement and instability.


  • Ligament sprains or tears.
  • Golfers or tennis elbow, muscle tears, masses or fluid collections.

Wrist & Hand

  • Pain, swelling or inflammation of the joint, soft tissue injury,
  • Nerve entrapment in carpal tunnel syndrome, masses.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Pain, swelling, inguinal/femoral hernia

Lower back

  • Pain, osteoarthritis.
  • Hip Scan or Hip Implant Scan
  • Pain, osteoarthritis, fluid/effusions


  • Pain, cruciate cartilage injury, swelling of the joint, injury, masses.

Ankle & Foot

  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Injury, instability, impingement, numbness, tingling, masses or swelling.

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