Diagnostic Ultrasound Musculoskeletal Specialist

Justin Waltrous, MD -  - Sports Medicine Specialist

Maryland Sports, Spine and Musculoskeletal Institute

Justin Waltrous, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist located in Pasadena, MD

If you experience unexplained pain or have a limited range of motion, Justin Waltrous, MD, offers on-site diagnostic ultrasound services at Maryland Sports, Spine and Musculoskeletal Institute in Pasadena, Maryland. This noninvasive, painless test can confirm a variety of injuries or diseases that affect your musculoskeletal system. Learn more about your options for diagnostic ultrasound testing by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.

Diagnostic Ultrasound Musculoskeletal Q & A

What is a diagnostic ultrasound?

Specialized musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging equipment uses sound waves to create pictures of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. These pictures allow Dr. Waltrous to better view your internal structures so he can identify the source of your pain or mobility issues.

Musculoskeletal ultrasounds are highly effective in diagnosing conditions like:

  • Tears
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Nerve compression

Dr. Waltrous may also use diagnostic ultrasound to monitor the progression of degenerative diseases like arthritis or disc disease.

What can I expect during a diagnostic ultrasound?

This type of diagnostic testing is noninvasive and painless. A handheld transducer collects the sound waves that bounce back off your structures to create an image of your internal structures on an external monitor.

You can lie back on an exam table and relax as Dr. Waltrous guides the transducer over the injury site. He applies a gel on your skin to ensure the transducer moves smoothly while collecting information. Depending on the injury area, you may need to move into different positions to ensure Dr. Waltrous gets a visual of all areas of concern.

You don’t need to do anything to prepare for your test, but you should wear comfortable clothing and leave your jewelry at home.

When can I expect results from a diagnostic ultrasound?

Because Dr. Waltrous can see the area of injury in real-time, he can often determine the root cause of your pain during your appointment. In some cases, further testing may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis. Once Dr. Waltrous has enough information about your injury, he can create a custom treatment plan to alleviate pain and improve your functionality.

Additional ultrasounds may be necessary to confirm treatment is working effectively and that your damaged tissues are healing properly.

Are diagnostic ultrasounds safe?

Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to create images. Unlike X-rays, this type of testing doesn’t expose you to radiation or other potentially harmful elements. Additionally, those with pacemakers or who have health conditions that make MRIs and other diagnostic testing impossible can safely undergo an ultrasound.

Many ultrasounds take only a few minutes to get enough information to make a diagnosis, and Dr. Waltrous ensures you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.

Schedule a consultation at Maryland Sports, Spine and Musculoskeletal Institute online or by phone today to learn more about on-site diagnostic testing.

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