Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging
The therapists at Kamloops Physiotherapy use Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI) to assess and treat the muscles that support your lumbar spine, pelvis and thorax. Specifically, we can use Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging to look at the transversus abdominus, multifidus, obliques, pelvic floor muscles and the midline of your abdominal muscles. If you have a history of back or pelvic girdle pain, stress urinary incontinence, rectus abdominus diastasis or if you have been pregnant and had children, these muscles often are not working properly.
Studies show that when these muscles are functioning normally, the deeper muscles will contract milliseconds before you move your limbs. When you have pain or dysfunction in these areas, the muscles lose their ability to perform this pre-contraction effectively. We also know that even if your pain goes away, you can still have poor control of these deep stability muscles which can lead to recurrence of your problem. It is very important for your therapist to be able to assess whether or not theses muscles are working properly.
As these deep muscles are designed to gently control your movement rather than produce movement, it can be difficult to feel them and get them to turn on in an isolated fashion. With Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging we can check to make sure that you are doing your exercises correctly, and we can use the machine for feedback to make sure that you are able to learn the exercises that we prescribe for you.
Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging uses the same kind of technology that is used by ultrasound technicians to look at the structures in your abdomen. It allows us to look at the movement of your muscles inside in real time as you do movement to see if they are functioning correctly. If they are not, we can use the ultrasound in conjunction with other treatments to figure out why the muscles are not working the way they should and to correct the problem.