According to Randy Reinhardt, the Anacortes Physical Therapy Clinic, “is the home of my healthy body.” It’s where he has been seeing Greg Fritz, doctor of physiotherapy and a specialist in musculoskeletal sonography, for more than 10 years.
Randy has a long history of physical ailments that have required 10 knee surgeries and back surgery. During a recent visit to the clinic, we had a chance to talk to him about his experience with Greg Fritz, the use of ultrasound for physiotherapy, and his chronic wrist pain.
The more tools that a skilled therapist has, the better it can be,» said Randy, «And in this case it’s a very effective tool. I would definitely consider that to be the mark of somebody who’s interested in providing quality service.»
VIDEO: Diagnosing the Cause of Chronic Wrist Pain with Wireless Ultrasound
As Randy expected, Greg Fritz was able to quickly visualize the reason for his wrist pain with an ultrasound exam.
Carrying anything in my hand is very painful and I can’t open jars; it sounds like a joke about old people who can’t open a jar but it’s true for me,” Randy explained. “I had become accustomed to it and was living with it but it has been hurting a lot lately, so that motivated me to come in to see Greg so he can have a look with his ultrasound tool.”
Using the Clarius L15 HD3 wireless ultrasound system, Greg methodically identified areas of inflammation, debris around the carpet anatomy, and dark fluid areas indicating wrist osteoarthritis. Watch this video demonstration to see how Dr. Fritz also confirmed a tear that requires a referral to a specialist.
VIDEO: Patient Appreciates Real-Time Ultrasound Imaging to Support Effective Physical Treatment Plan
By having Clarius wireless ultrasound in-house, Dr. Fritz is able to quickly visualize muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage both at rest and in motion to make a confident diagnosis. He’s also able to share real-time high-definition imaging with his patients.
The thing was just totally a game changer for me: basically biofeedback under ultrasound to teach me how to flex my transversus abdominis. That information for that back injury was really helpful in order to organize my body and be able, you know, to do my robotic motions. It’s really amazing and you can see so well with the ultrasound, so that was huge.»
Watch Randy’s one-minute video interview to see why he feels ultrasound was the gamechanger that helped him recover from a back injury.
I love this place,» Randy gives Dr. Fritz his highest recommendation. «The climate of what they’re trying to achieve here is really, really great. There’s a real clear mission and it runs throughout the whole clinic. I couldn’t possibly give it a higher recommendation and that starts at the top.»
High-Definition Handheld Ultrasound Designed for MSK Clinicians
Eliminating guesswork and making a confident diagnosis with ultrasound has never been faster and easier. Clarius HD3 handheld ultrasound scanners are affordable and easy to learn and use for all clinicians. Ideal for MSK anatomy down to 7 cm, the Clarius L15 HD high-frequency ultrasound scanner is available with an optional Advanced MSK Package for diagnostic and interventional procedures.
Clarius offers several ultrasound scanners that are suitable for MSK applications. Learn more about which Clarius Handheld Ultrasound scanner is right for your practice. Or contact us today to request an ultrasound demo.