Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography can be performed by the Physical Therapist at the point of care. If patient needs it, you have it available right there.
In a recent multicenter clinical study that was done and included over 465 patients, the outcomes were astonishing to say the least.
- Management of patients who received EMG and MSKUS in the Physical Therapy practice was changed in 62% of patients post EMG and MSKUS testing in each group.
- 26% patients were referred to physician/surgeon and received non-surgical (injections) or surgical interventions.
- 16% of patients had significant change in their management post-test which led to change in their earlier diagnosis.
- In 20% of patients, conservative PT management was changed or altered post-test.
But the most striking results of this study was that:
- 90% of patients agreed or strongly agreed that they were better able to understand their problem, were reassured about their problem and were better able to manage their problem.
- 98% agreed or strongly agreed that the Diagnostic test provided a high perceived value for them.
The Physical Therapist of the future will have a portable ultrasound unit in their practice and able to use it for their patients as needed, creating effective treatment plans based not only on physical examination findings but on objective evidence-based diagnostic data. HODS trained PTs are doing this right now. HODS trains them, helps them create a HODS approved PT Diagnostic Center within their PT practice.
The title FMSK (Fellow in Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography)
The FMSK title is exclusive to HODS partners who are fellowship graduates. The title evinces competence in Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography achieved through a vigorous training, studying and testing that advances the physical therapist to an expert in Ultrasound imaging.
The Important Role of AIUM
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) released a groundbreaking statement declaring physical therapists as qualified providers to perform and/or interpret musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations. This decision by the AIUM further affirms the physical therapists’ evolving capacity to perform this diagnostic examination (along with additional types of examinations) and be recognized by insurance companies as qualified providers.
The FMSK (Fellowship in Musculoskeletal UltraSonography) that HODS has created fully aligns with the purposes of AIUM and furthers the competent involvement of Physical Therapists in this area of study.