Shoulder Ultrasound
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An ultrasound scan of the shoulder is performed to have a look at the shoulder joint and the muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder. It can also be used to get a quick look at the biceps and triceps muscles.

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Common conditions

A shoulder ultrasound scan is useful in evaluating the following conditions:

  • What is Painful Arc Syndrome (Supraspinatus Tendonitis)?
    Painful Arc Syndrome (supraspinatus tendinitis) is a condition that is caused by inflammation or tears in the tendons of the shoulder joint, specifically the supraspinatus muscle.
  • How common is it?
    Painful Arc Syndrome is common amongst anyone who suffers a fall or traumatic injury to the shoulder.
  • Does it affect males and females?
    It can affect both men and women
  • What age groups?
    A person of any age can experience painful arc syndrome from a trip or fall but is usually more common in those aged over 30 years.
  • What are the main symptoms?
    People will usually experience a dull aching pain when moving the shoulder, alongside some mild swelling. In more severe cases there is significant restriction of movement.
  • How is it tested for?
    A doctor will do a physical exam on the affected area by moving the arm to see how the joint moves and turns.
  • Is there a cure?
    Painful arc syndrome can be cured, though it requires a prolonged period of rehabilitation.
  • How is it treated?
    Physical rehabilitation is the most common treatment for supraspinatus tendonitis coupled with anti-inflammatory medications, pain medication and in extreme cases surgery
  • What is Tendinitis (General)?
    Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon – the thick cord attaching bones to muscles.
  • How common is it?
    Tendonitis can be common in anyone who works in an occupation or sports involving repetitive motion or strain on certain body parts.
  • Does it affect males and females?
    Tendonitis can affect both men and women.
  • What age groups?
    Tendonitis is most common in adults over 40.
  • What are the main symptoms?
    Symptoms of tendinitis include pain on movement, reduced range of movement, swelling, redness and sometimes a lump maybe felt over the tendon itself.
  • How is it tested for?
    Generally a physical exam can determine if a person has tendonitis. If there is any doubt an X-ray can be done or in rare cases an MRI may be used to show changes in the tissues around the tendon.
  • How is it treated?
    Doctors will usually recommend rest, ice, compression and elevation to treat tendonitis. Anti-inflammatory drugs are very helpful. In chronic cases ultrasound guided injections of steroids and local anaesthetic can reduce pain significantly.
  • What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?
    Rotator Cuff is a collective description for muscles of the shoulder. A rotator cuff tear is a common injury in those who play sports or have repetitive work tasks.
  • How common is it?
    Rotator Cuff Tears are common in adults.
  • Does it affect males and females?
    Rotator Cuff Tears can happen in both men and women.
  • What age groups?
    People over the age of 40 are the most likely to experience rotator cuff tears.
  • What are the main symptoms?
    The most common signs of a rotator cuff tear are pain while resting or at night especially whilst lying on the affected shoulder. Pain and crepitus (cracking)can occur on movement of the shoulder alongside restriction of movement.
  • How is it tested for?
    A physician will use a test called the drop-arm test to see how slowly the arm falls to the waist.
  • How is it treated?
    Anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections and physiotherapy are all common treatments for rotator cuff tears.
  • What is a Biceps Tear?
    A biceps tear is an injury to the biceps muscle that can affect movement of the shoulder or elbow. They are usually caused by repetitive motion or general wear and tear.
  • How common is it?
    About 3-5 people out of 100,000 per year.
  • Does it affect males and females?
    Men are more commonly affected by bicep tears than women.
  • What age groups?
    People over the age of 40 are the most likely to experience bicep tears from heavy strain or exercise.
  • What are the main symptoms?
    A person suffering from a torn bicep will most likely feel symptoms such as a sharp pain at the shoulder or elbow, bruising on the upper arm or forearm.
  • How is it tested for?
    A physician will likely perform  what is called a hook test to diagnose a torn bicep. This is where he/she will hook the bicep with the index finger from the lateral side of the elbow while the patient flexes the elbow at a 90-degree angle to feel the strain.
  • How is it treated?
    A torn bicep can be treated with rest and avoiding any heavy lifting/overhead activities, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and physiotherapy.
  • What is a Triceps Tear?
    A Triceps Tear is an injury of the tendon that attaches the muscle at the back of the upper arm to the bony bump on the back of the elbow.
  • How common is it?
    Triceps tears aren’t a very common injury; however, they can happen during sports that involve throwing or any kind of hard contact with other players.
  • Does it affect males and females?
    Triceps tears occur more commonly in men.
  • What age groups?
    This injury is often associated with people who are active in sports between the ages of 20-60 years.
  • What are the main symptoms?
    A person with a torn triceps will likely experience a sudden and sharp pain in the triceps muscle even while they are resting or sleeping. There may also be swelling and bruising and sometimes be accompanied by an audible snapping or popping when the injury occurs.
  • How is it tested for?
    The most common method of testing for torn triceps is with a MRI scan.
  • How is it treated?
    Doctors will commonly suggest the RICE treatment: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. This injury can take a long time to heal, however, only in rare cases where the tendon is completely torn will surgery be required.

OUR RADIOLOGIST

Dr Ali Zaman

MBBS FRCR MPharm PGCert

All ultrasound scans at Rejuvence Medical are carried out by our Consultant Radiologist – Dr Ali Zaman. Dr Zaman graduated from Barts and The London Medical School in 2009. He has also obtained a Masters degree in Pharmacology. After completing his training in General Medicine and Surgery, he pursued specialty training in Radiology obtaining his Fellowship in Radiology (FRCR).  Dr Zaman subsequently followed this up with the prestigious European Board of Interventional Radiology Fellowship and trained as a fellow in Interventional Radiology at the Royal London Hospital.

Dr Zaman is currently a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at Mid and South Essex University Hospitals. He is an expert in ultrasound and ultrasound guided interventions, having performed thousands of such tests and procedures.

We are overwhelmed to have Dr Zaman as a member of our team at Rejuvence Medical.

Risks

Ultrasound scan of the shoulder is a safe procedure and has no known risks.

How to prepare

No specific preparation is required for this scan.

What you can expect

Before the procedure
Before your ultrasound, you may be asked to change into a gown and to remove any jewellery and will be asked to sit on an examination table.
During the procedure

Our Consultant Radiologist will perform your scan. A small amount of ultrasound gel is applied to your shoulder. The gel enables the ultrasound device to provide better images.

The radiologist will gently press an ultrasound probe against various points on your shoulder and upper arm. They will also ask you to move the shoulder and arm into specific positions. Depending upon your symptoms you may experience some pain in the shoulder during this scan. The radiologist will always try to make the scan as comfortable as possible. If you take regular pain medication please have to hand when you have your scan as you maybe a little sore afterwards. A shoulder ultrasound scan takes around 30 minutes to complete.

After the procedure
You will be able to return to normal activities immediately after your scan.

Results

The radiologist will prepare a written report immediately after your scan. You can wait for the written report and should you wish a copy of your scan images can be sent to you via email so you have them to hand at all times.

Follow up with Rejuvence Medical

We always recommend booking in a consultation immediately after your scan with one of our doctors to discuss the results of your scan and to provide advice regarding any further investigations and/or treatment. Further investigations and treatment can include:

  • Blood tests
  • Referral to a specialist (Private/NHS)
  • Referral for further imaging (Private MRI)

* Please note that for referrals back to NHS you will still have to go via your GP but Rejuvence Medical will provide a full report and cover letter in support of the referral.

Ultrasound guided injections

Following identification of certain injuries or conditions we are also able to offer ultrasound guided cortisone (steroid) injections. Cortisone injections help to reduce inflammation and if combined with local anaesthetic can provide significant pain relief for up to 6 weeks. 

Using the Magellan system ultrasound guided Plasma injections can help to accelerate the repair of muscle injuries. This is a treatment elite athletes often use to come back from injury quicker. 

At Rejuvence, using cutting edge fat harvesting techniques we are also able to offer micronised fat injections.

Alternative medical providers

We are connected to NHS digital and the PACS framework. Should you wish your scan images can be sent directly to your NHS GP or hospital consultant. If you have been referred by a private medical practitioner, with your consent, your results will be securely emailed through to them.

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