Physiotherapists utilizing diagnostic ultrasound in shoulder clinics. How useful do patients find immediate feedback from the scan as part of the management of their problem? (2018)

Type of publication:
Journal article

Author(s):
*Lumsden, Gordon; *Lucas-Garner, Kerry; *Sutherland, Sarah; *Dodenhoff, Ron

Citation:
Musculoskeletal care; Mar 2018; vol. 16 (no. 1); p. 209-213

Abstract:
AIMSPhysiotherapists are beginning to utilize diagnostic ultrasound imaging in upper limb/shoulder clinics. The aim of the present study was to receive feedback on the views of the patients concerning the usefulness of the information obtained immediately from the scan in the management of their problem.METHODS A questionnaire was offered to all patients attending a physiotherapist-led upper limb/shoulder clinic who underwent ultrasound imaging as part of a shoulder assessment over a 6-month period. A total of 103 patients completed a questionnaire for analysis.RESULTSPatients rated the ultrasound scan to be of benefit in all aspects. Regarding the ability to understand their shoulder problem better and in feeling reassured about their problem, 97% of patients either strongly agreed or agreed that this was the case. Concerning the capability of managing their problem, 89% of patients strongly agreed or agreed that they felt more able to do this. In total, 96% of patients evaluated the ultrasound scan to be of very high/high value to them.CONCLUSION Patients highly rate the information gained from ultrasound imaging in a physiotherapy-led upper limb/shoulder clinic and felt that it assisted them in the understanding, reassurance and management of their problem.

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Anatomy of the sural nerve and its relation to the achilles tendon by ultrasound examination (2014)

Type of publication:
Journal article

Author(s):
Kammar H., *Carmont M.R., Kots E., Laver L., Mann G., Nyska M., Mei-Dan O.

Citation:
Orthopedics, March 2014, vol./is. 37/3(e298-e301), 0147-7447 (March 2014)

Abstract:
Sural nerve injury is a relatively common complication after surgery on the Achilles tendon. Studies to determine the course of the sural nerve have been performed on cadaveric specimens. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to use ultrasound to determine the relations of the sural nerve in a healthy population. The authors performed ultrasound examination of the posterior triangle of the ankle and Achilles tendon to determine the course of the sural nerve relative to the Achilles tendon in healthy participants. The mean distance between the nerve and the tendon was 21.48, 11.47, 5.8, and 0.81 mm lateral to the Achilles tendon as measured at the insertion and 4, 8, and 11 cm proximally, respectively. Male participants tended to have a nerve that was initially more lateral to the Achilles insertion compared with women. The distance between the sural nerve and the Achilles tendon was found to be lower in older participants, with the nerve passing significantly closer to the tendon at all levels (P

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