Real Time Ultrasound

Real Time Ultrasound

Bringing muscle recruitment to life.

Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of tissues as well as blood flow thru vessels.  Real time ultrasound is non-invasive and does not use radiation.  A sound head produced a high frequency sound wave that bounces back off the tissues and produces an image.  Very similar to a ships’ sonar.  The different densities of the tissue produce a different reflection and thus we are able to differentiate the different layers and types of tissue – muscle, connective tissue, fluid or bone.

Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) is a tool that gives your physiotherapist a visual into the inner workings of your body.  It provides valuable feedback into muscle recruitment and can be used as the ultimate form of biofeedback when recovering from injury.  Often muscles ‘switch off’ after injury or surgery and the RTUS can assist in helping you ‘find’ them again.

Conditions that can benefit from the use of RTUS imaging include:

  • Low back pain
  • Pelvic Floor pain or weakness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Post partem diastasis
  • Pregnancy associated back pain
  • Pelvic Instability
  • Core weakness/dysfunction
  • Muscle activation for knee pain – VMO strengthening and recruitment
  • Muscle activation for shoulders – post rotator cuff injury, post dislocation, post surgery
  • Muscle tightness or over-recruitment often associated with headaches and back pain.

One of the most effective uses of RTUS is rehab involving the core muscles.  Often when people sustain a back injury, they revert to a pattern of movement that results in either a lack of core activity or overactivity in some of the core muscles.  Overuse or hyperactivity itself can lead to low back pain.  Visualizing the different layers of the abdominal muscles can significantly help patients understand and recruit these muscles effectively and efficiently.  The result of this is a speedier recovery and long term recovery.

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Burrard Physiotherapy one of the leading clinics in Vancouver and is home to 12 highly skilled physiotherapists, 2 massage therapists, kinesiologists, yoga instructor, pilates instructor and exercise therapists.

Many of the physiotherapists at Burrard Physiotherapy have completed a full course of RTUS training.  This includes visualizing all the major muscles, tendons and joints in the body that are of a depth the RTUS can penetrate.  Although we predominantly use the RTUS as a biofeedback, we can also visualize such structures as bursae, tendons and muscles.  We are able to image inflammation or tears in these tissues and watch the healing progress as you continue your rehab.  This can be particularly helpful for more chronic or persistent injuries such as shoulder bursitis, or large haematomas (bruising) in muscle bellies.

If your physiotherapist decides that you will benefit from real time ultrasound, they will discuss this with you and then request that you book for a longer appointment.  If RTUS is being used as part of your rehabilitation, there will be a small additional charge of $35 added to your regular visit charge.  This fee is waived on initial visits for any pelvic floor assessment as these appointments are scheduled and charged for one hour.

If you have any questions about Real Time Ultrasound talk to your physiotherapist about the options and benefits available to you.

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Rated 4.3/5 based on 49 google reviews
5 out of 5

After a couple of failed visits to other clinics, Linda Warren gave me the confidence the physiotherapy does exist and is useful. Her genuine interest in my condition (bike accident), professional attitude and all the information she provided helped me understand what's wrong and how it will get better. Her therapy is also helping relieve the pain and the worry associated with it. I feel like she could be my regular physiotherapist going forward.

5 out of 5

Great location, and the hours are pretty good. Just minutes away from my boyfriends west end condo so I usually walk over.

5 out of 5

This clinic has helped me a lot. I used to go for massage therapy when I had a muscle injury (Erika is great) and then for another injury I tried IMS. I'm legit terrified of needles but a friend told me to try it, and it did wonders. Farhana (I hope I spelled that right!) is amazing, a few sessions fixed me right up, much less painful than massaging the muscles. I am very grateful to the staff - they've kept me on my feet (literally).

5 out of 5

I went for a bike fitting with Thomas, a couple of months ago. He was friendly, knowledgeable and provided a full report after the fitting. He took the time to listen and understand my history and approached the fitting in a thorough and careful way. Cheers Thomas

5 out of 5

I've been going to Burrard Physiotherapy for almost a month after a triceps tear lead to arm, shoulder, and neck pain, and have been working with Kevin Chen. He's incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and receptive, and the improvement with my pain and discomfort is noticeable. The environment is clean and comforting, and the receptionists always greet you in a warm way. Treatment always starts on time too.

A mainstay of Physiotherapy practice in Downtown Vancouver.

Burrard Physiotherapy is an amalgamation of two outstanding physiotherapy clinics in downtown Vancouver. Burrard Physiotherapy Associates was established in 1982 as was Burrard Physiotherapy Clinic each of these businesses operated out of separate locations one block apart.

It wasn't until local Kerry Maxwell purchased both clinics in 2004 and 2005 that they merged to become Burrard Physiotherapy. The clinic is driven to provide an outstanding level of care and recovery for patients. Each of the therapists at Burrard Physiotherapy have multiple levels of training and education over and above their original degrees. In addition, everyone leads active lifestyles. This is essential to understanding the impact that an injury can have on your lifestyle. We believe physiotherapy carried out by a qualified team is the path to freedom of movement and mobility & we believe freedom of movement is essential to quality of life.

Our reception area boasts a coffee and tea service and comfortable seating in a cozy setting filled with local art. Any of our three receptionists will be happy to settle you in to your treatment routine while you are here with us.