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What is Ultrasound?

There are various types of ultrasound which practitioners can use, there is therapeutic ultrasound which has been used as a treatment modality and real time ultrasound, which is used in the assessment of how your muscles work. At PEAK, real time ultrasound is used to help in assessing your concern and provide information to enable a greater understanding of how to treat it.

How Does Ultrasound Work?

Real time ultrasound works by transmitting sound waves into the body and as the sound waves reflect on the different tissues at different depths it transmits this back to show the display. This occurs in real time so you can see the muscle and tissue moving as you engage it. While we are able to feel the muscles that are closer to the surface, real time ultrasound allows us to look at the deeper tissues.

Real Time Ultrasound Imaging with PEAK

If during your consultation your practitioner decides that further assessment is needed then they may use the real time ultrasound to identify and show you how particular muscles are working. This may be used as a tool to help educate how it works and also during subsequent visits to see how this changes. During the assessment the ultrasound head is placed on the skin (with gel) over the area of interest. It is a non invasive technique and has no side effects.

Benefits of Real Time Ultrasound

Benefits of using real time ultrasound include:

  • Real time feedback on how a muscle is engaging
  • Ability to assess the deeper tissue for size and function
  • More detailed assessment of the function of certain muscles
  • A visual representation to the athlete to help educate and understand their body

What is Real Time Ultrasound Used For?

Sports Injury

Real time ultrasound can be useful in the rehabilitation of sporting injuries as it can allow your PEAK practitioner to have immediate feedback on how certain muscles are contracting and to show you how this affects your movement or performance.

Pelvic Floor

Real time ultrasound can be useful in concerns related to pelvic health as it can show you how the muscles are functioning and also be useful with concerns related to bladder and bowel health. It allows you to have immediate feedback on how you contract the pelvic floor muscles and how that will influence the structures around the pelvic cavity. This can help if you are having difficulty with engaging a muscle or learning to coordinate the muscles. Real time ultrasound can also be used to measure any abdominal separation if required.

Related Services

  • Women’s Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic

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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

Real time ultrasound can benefit anyone who is wanting to understand or learn more about how they are engaging their muscles. It can be useful with identifying and retraining pelvic floor muscles and also those who experience concerns with bladder and bowel function. It can also be used when learning how to engage the muscles around the core.

Usually an ultrasound will take up part of your assessment and treatment and can occur within your normal appointment time.

You do not need to change anything prior to any use of the ultrasound. If the concern is related to any bladder symptoms then your practitioner may ask you to use the bathroom in the consultation but this will be discussed with you prior.

A real time ultrasound machine shows the different levels of muscles and associated tissue and how they move when you engage or relax them. This will provide a picture on the monitor that your practitoner will identify and explain what is on the screen.

Real time ultrasound used by a PEAK practitioner diagnostically within your appointment and therefore not covered by medicare. There are no extra associated costs if your practitioner uses the ultrasound machine within your consultation.

Our locations

Hawthorne

PEAK Hawthorne opened in 2012 and was extended and renovated in 2020. You see the same team whether we see you at Hawthorne or one of our other clinics.  Hawthorne offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

Our locations

New Farm

PEAK New Farm opened in August 2019. You see the same team whether we see you at New Farm or one of our other clinics. New Farm offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

Hawthorne

Address
5/171 Riding Road,
Hawthorne, QLD, 4171
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6 days per week
  • Monday - Friday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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New Farm

Address
1/15 Lamington Street,
New Farm, QLD, 4005
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Opening Hours -
6 days per week
  • Monday - Thursday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

To make a booking outside of business hours, please use our form by clicking here.