MSK Ultrasound Bites:
The Use of MSK Ultrasound in the Evaluation of Elbow Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries.
Manske RC, Voight ML, Wolfe C, Page P.
As physical therapists, understanding the anatomy and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system is essential for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment outcomes. Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK-US is one tool that has revolutionized the way physical therapists evaluate musculoskeletal pathology. Specific to the elbow, assessing the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) proves especially beneficial for providing both diagnosis and treatment planning. By directly visualizing static and dynamic loads to the ligament, physical therapists can gain valuable information about underlying pathology and guide the therapeutic decision-making process. In this sound byte, we will look at how incorporating MSK-US imaging into your patient assessments can provide you with more comprehensive data to make informed clinical decisions when treating UCL injuries in the elbow.