US-Guided procedures to treat sport-related muscle injuries

Ultrasound is well known as a low-cost, radiation-free and effective imaging technique to guide percutaneous procedures. The lower limb muscles represent a good target to perform such procedures under ultrasound guidance, thus allowing for clear and precise visualization of the needle during the whole path. The knowledge of guidelines and technical aspects is mandatory to act in the most safe and accurate way on target tissues that can be as small as a few millimeters. This review will focus above the local treatments of traumatic lower limb muscle injuries described in literature, focusing on new and promising approaches, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment of muscle tears in athletes.

For each procedure, a brief how-to-do practical guide will be provided, emphasizing precautions and tricks based on day-by-day experience that may help to improve the outcome of percutaneous ultrasound-guided procedures around the lower limb muscles.


Autor / Fonte:Davide Orlandi, Angelo Corazza, Alice Arcidiacono, Carmelo Messina, Giovanni Serafini, Luca Maria Sconfienza, Enzo Silvestri British Journal of Radiology 2015 November 12, : 20150484