REALTIME ULTRASOUND GUIDED TRAINING

Ultrasound Training


Realtime ultrasound (RTUS) training is the use of an ultrasound image to educate the patient about activation of their muscles. Patients can visually see their muscles contracting on the screen in front of them. This type of muscle education and training has been effective in helping people learn how to use their stabilizing muscles.

Researched evidence

  • Patients who undertook specific stabilisation exercises for 4 weeks had improved lower spine muscle symmetry and less recurrence of low back pain within the following 2-3 years.
  • Patients who under took 8 weeks of motor control exercises had an increased resting size of their lumbar multifidi and transverse abdominis, both muscles essential in stability of the lumbar spine and pelvis.
  • Patients receiving ultrasound biofeedback while training their lumbar stabilizers had an increased ability to recruit the muscles over a single session.
  • Patients receiving ultrasound biofeedback while training their lumbar stabilizers had a retained ability to recruit the muscles for over a week compared with those who did not.

If you would like to view some research regarding RTUS follow the link below -
Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging is a valid measure of trunk muscle size and activation during most isometric sub-maximal contractions: a systematic review.
Shane L.Koppenhaver. Jeffrey J.Hebert. Eric C.Parent. Julie M.Fritz.