Real Time Ultrasound Imaging
Real time ultrasound imaging is a new innovation in the treatment of low back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. The deep stabilising muscles of the trunk and pelvis are frequently switched off and weakened after an injury. Strengthening through very specific retraining of these muscles can reduce the risk of recurrence of low back pain. However the difficulty lies in the fact that these muscles are deep under the surface and many people struggle to activate them correctly.
The ultrasound (similar to that used to look at babies in the womb) allows the physiotherapist and patient to view the stabilising muscle contraction as it happens, adjusting the muscle activation until the right contraction is achieved. This typically will take 1-2 sessions on the real-time ultrasound, but in some cases, especially long term low back pain where the muscles are severely deconditioned, it may take a little longer.
Real Time Ultrasound Imaging is also becoming more frequently used in the assessment of pelvic floor function. It is a non-invasive method of assessing the quality of the contraction of these important muscles and correcting the muscle activation as required. When used in conjunction with an appropriate exercise regime, it can make a significant difference to pelvic floor dysfunction.
This rehabilitation service is provided by a physiotherapist and is eligible for rebate under private health cover.
The following centres offer this service: