Real time ultrasound is an imaging technique allowing both the physiotherapist and patient to view muscle contractions in real time, providing feedback on activation and function.
Mostly used on the stabilising or “core” muscles of the lumbar spine, real time ultrasound allows an accurate assessment of the quality, timing and endurance of the contraction of these muscles.
Weakness, poor timing or lack of endurance in this area is often referred to as “poor core stability”, and can lead to the development of chronic or recurrent low back pain, SIJ or pelvic pain and dysfunction.
Real time ultrasound allows the physiotherapist to help you retrain this muscle group faster. By being able to see these muscles working as they contract, and feeling the sensation of a correct muscle contraction, patients can gain a better understanding of what is required to improve core stability and in turn speed up their rehabilitation.