Ultrasound examinations involve passing ultrasonic waves through the body’s tissues to produce images based on tissue density. This type of examination is commonly used in traumatology, particularly for examining tendon and muscle damage.
The non-invasive, repeatable, and affordable nature of ultrasound tests makes them ideal for a wide range of injuries. They are also excellent for monitoring progress, as they can provide live feedback on the internal changes of an injury.
Typically, doctors will wait around 48 hours after a muscle injury has occurred before performing an ultrasound examination to avoid overestimating the damage.
During rehabilitation, it is necessary to repeat the test to assess the process of muscle fiber repairs, which helps to show how the recovery process is progressing.