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Dr Colliver & Crew after finishing up some Ultrasound training

Dr Colliver & Crew after finishing up some Ultrasound training

Last week was busy with several after-work activities.  One of these evenings was spent with Blacksburg Physical Therapy, reviewing musculoskeletal ultrasound.  But first, I should explain that I have known this amazing group longer than any other physical therapy group, and they have always impressed me.  For example, when a patient has a particularly difficult time in rehabilitation, we will do a “co-visit”- which is when the physician and the physical therapist meet the patient together and review the rehab plan. Also, we have done training together on Postural Restoration Institute courses and practiced Manual Medicine together.  So when they asked me to come review Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, of course I said YES!

At first, I went over my standard spiel on examination of the shoulder.  But that quickly devolved and soon everyone was looking at everyone else’s various musculoskeletal oddities, like the distal biceps pain of the professional powerlifter.  This group quickly figured out how Ultrasound is very efficient, diagnostic, and has lots of applications in the therapy setting.  This allows us to quickly evaluate shoulder pain; but also, foot, ankle, knee, hip, elbow, wrist and hand pain.

In this world of instant social media, selfies, Tweets, etc, musculoskeletal ultrasound allows the physician and patient to instantly see what inside the body looks like and how it reacts with motion.  MRI can’t even do the things that Ultrasound can!  But it does take a lot of training; and as the leading musculoskeletal ultrasound physician in the New River Valley, I feel excited to introduce this approach to as many providers who could benefit from this technology.

Thanks again, Blacksburg Physical Therapy, for a great evening.  Keep practicing.


Good Luck!

Valley Sports & Spine Clinic Giving you Back your Life

Dr Ethan Colliver

Dr. Colliver Earns Ultrasound Accreditation

Ultrasound can be as sensitive as MRI for diagnosing many muscle, nerve, and ligament injuries.  In fact, some injuries can only be found by ultrasound, such as a dislocating tendon or nerve. Also, ultrasound is useful for guiding injections with more precision than standard injections without imaging.  However, it is very user-dependent, it takes a lot of training and practice for a provider to be skilled enough to know how to interpret ultrasound images.

Dr. Colliver has been using ultrasound in the clinic setting longer than any other physician in the New River Valley, and now has added a nationally recognized accreditation to his list of accomplishments.  Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography Credential (RMSK) is only given to qualified individuals who pass a national examination and who continue regular education in ultrasound interpretation. For further information please visit the ARDMS website.

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