Elbow Ultrasound Scan
About Elbow Ultrasound
The elbow joint is a complex joint composed of three communicating joints that share a common synovial membrane.
Ultrasound scans are frequently requested for the examination of patients with elbow pain, which is generally caused by overuse syndromes, trauma, inflammatory diseases, or neuropathies. Any activity that involves excessive flexion-extension movements of the
elbow can result in undue stress on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that stabilize the joint. Nerve entrapment as in Radial Tunnel Syndrome can also occur. These types of injuries happen gradually over time and can aggravate existing conditions such as Tendonitis. Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are examples of common overuse injuries.
What is the purpose of this ultrasound scan?
The purpose of this ultrasound scan is to examine your elbow for the diagnosis of Tennis or Golfer’s elbow from repetative strain movements and other pathologies.
Reasons for having an elbow scan include:
- Reduced Movement
- Tennis Elbow
- Students Elbow
- Tumours & Cancers
- Nerve entrapment
What is included with this ultrasound scan?
- Ultrasound report and if needed, a follow up recommendation.
Preparation for the elbow scan
No preparation is necessary for this ultrasound scan.
What should I expect during the ultrasound scan?
Before the scan our sonographer will explain the examination procedure. The elbow joint is examined while the client is seated with his/her arm resting on the examination table. The technique used depends to some extent on the location of the pain and other clinical findings. The position of the patient’s arm will obviously vary depending on the aspect being examined. The joint is studied in both the flexed and extended positions.