Real time ultrasound is a training tool that allows objective assessment of core muscle recruitment. Real time ultrasound allows specific training of core stabilisers and is appropriate for both the general population and elite athletes.

Real Time Ultra Sound Core Assessment

How Real Time Ultrasound assessment can help you.

The Mater Clinic Physiotherapy department offers real time ultrasound assessment and training for the stabilisation musculature of the lumbar spine, commonly referred to as “The Core” . Dysfunction of this group of muscles is common in those suffering from low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, hip and groin pain.

Real Time Ultra Sound Core Assessment

Our trained physiotherapists may use the ultrasound unit not only to observe and assess the dysfunction, but use the ability to observe these muscles contracting in “Real Time” affording the unique ability to show the patient and thus enhance the training effect. Learning to correctly recruit the stabilisation musculature is often the first step in the training of your spine to move effectively and efficiently, and without pain, in order to facilitate the return to normal function.

Real time ultrasound assessment can be referred for via the general practitioner or sports medicine physician, but clients may request assessment without referral.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can the technique be used for CTP and Workers Compensation patients?

Real Time Ultrasound assessment and training can be covered for CTP and Workers Compensation funded clients if suitable.  TAC and WorkCover funded clients are required to pay on the day, and claim from the insurer. There may be a gap payment required.

Q. Do I need a referral?

No, physiotherapists commonly assess and treat using RTU without the need for referral from a GP or specialist.

Q. How long will the session take?

Real time ultrasound assessment sessions are of 30 minutes’ duration, but may form a part of a specialised Clinical Pilates assessment of an hour in duration.

Q. Is this service covered by Private Health Insurance?

Patients with Private Health Insurance that include ‘Extras Cover’ may be covered for Physiotherapy services. Please check with your health fund.

Q. What do I need to bring?

Bring comfortable / appropriately loose clothing.

Who we are

Mater Clinic Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice including Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Massage Therapists, and Dieticians. We work closely with other healthcare practitioners in the community such as General Practitioners, Sports Physicians, and Orthopaedic Consultants.

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We pride ourselves on our level of service, the quality of our manual and exercise treatment options, our commitment to research and an evidence-based treatment approach.

Our physiotherapists maintain the highest ethical and professional standards.

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