The sling systems of the body
and functional movements

The sling systems of the body <br>and functional movements Blog  Body and Mind Balance

There are many amazing wonders of the human body. It is a remarkable machine working perfectly and efficiently. Our bodies are made up of tissue, muscles, nerves, bones etc. We are able to move about and use these parts of our bodies in our daily lives. Injuries cause dysfunction and or weakness to our bodies and slow down our amazing machines. Retraining of the muscles may be necessary when there is an injury to the hip, back or shoulders. If full function is needed by an athlete this is even more important. A runner can use pilates as a way to retrain their muscles to help them return to peak performance.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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