When it comes to sports injuries, an accurate diagnosis is essential in order to get the best possible treatment for a fast and safe recovery. The orthopedic specialists at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine — including Jason Petrasic, MD, who specializes in sports ultrasounds, as well as Andrew Dold, MD, FACS, and Paul Ghattos, MD — utilizes ultrasound technology to ensure an accurate diagnosis and assist in the treatment of your injury. To learn more about the benefits of a sports ultrasound, call the office nearest you in Coppell or Frisco, Texas, or request an appointment online today.
Ultrasound — also referred to as sonography — is an imaging tool that uses sound waves to generate pictures of your internal body parts. The diagnostic procedure is noninvasive and painless and doesn’t use radiation like X-rays.
During an ultrasound, your technician uses a transducer that sends high-frequency sound waves into your body. These sound waves bounce off your body parts and back to the transducer, which sends the information to a computer that translates the sounds into images your technician and doctor view on a computer monitor.
Unlike an X-ray, your ultrasound provides images that include the structure and movement of your internal organs. Many medical specialists utilize ultrasound technology to assist in the diagnosis of medical conditions.
Sports ultrasound refers to the use of ultrasound imaging to diagnose and treat sports injuries, including injuries not related to the musculoskeletal system.
At Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Dr. Petrasic specializes in musculoskeletal ultrasounds, which he uses to diagnose sports injuries such as tendon or muscle tears, tendinitis, bursitis, or inflammation. Dr. Petrasic may also use ultrasound imaging to diagnose fractures.
The team may also recommend a sports ultrasound to prevent, diagnose, or treat a sports-related injury or health concern not related to your musculoskeletal system.
For example, the team may use ultrasound technology to diagnose sports injuries that affect your internal organs, such as your liver or spleen. The noninvasive diagnostic tool is also used to diagnose vocal cord dysfunction, which affects elite female athletes and causes wheezing and exercise intolerance.
The orthopedic experts at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine may also suggest an echocardiogram — an ultrasound to assess cardiac health — to screen for structural cardiac abnormalities that may be fatal for athletes engaged in strenuous physical activity.
The specialists at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine also use ultrasound technology during treatment for your sports injury. Specifically, your specialists use ultrasound-guided imagery for placement of your steroid or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
With sports ultrasound, the experienced team at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can prevent, diagnose, and treat sports-related injuries safely and accurately. To learn more about the benefits of a sports ultrasound, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.