Sports Injury Diagnosis
Now that the winter sports season is over, it is time to get that niggling injury investigated. Common issues occur with knees, ankle and shoulders and can easily be investigated with a MRI scan or a diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI gives different information about structures in the body that cannot be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan and is highly effective for diagnosing sports injuries such as meniscus tears, ACL ruptures and labrum tears. A MRI is usually required to confirm diagnosis prior to any surgery.
Diagnostic ultrasound is also an extremely versatile and cost effective tool in the assessment of a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. Musculoskeletal ultrasound can be used to distinguish between joint issues such as chronic tendinitis, bursitis, and damage to the tendon or tendon sheath, painful degenerative changes or inflammation to classify and quantify the extent of muscle injury.
If you do have an injury you want get a diagnosed before you go to your Specialist for treatment, visit your GP or physio for a referral and then call the professional team at Global Diagnostics to book your appointment on (08) 9726 6999.