Special Issue "Ultrasound Diagnosis and Guided Intervention of Musculoskeletal/Neuromuscular Pathology"
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2. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Interests: muscuoloskeletal ultrasound; pain management research; meta-analysis
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The use of clinical symptoms and physical findings for the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders is often unreliable. The advancement of ultrasound technology has enabled the delineation of the reciprocal anatomy of the regions, thereby enhancing identification of the underlying pathology. There are many advantages of using ultrasound to explore musculoskeletal pain, including the lack of radiation, real-time imaging, non-invasive evaluation of vascularity and allowance of dynamic studies. Recently, the development of elastography has improved the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of mechanical properties of tendons and muscles, providing better diagnostic accuracy and follow-up of musculoskeletal disorders. Furthermore, compared with magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound is comparatively better for identifying origins of peripheral and axial musculoskeletal pain.
Once the cause of pain is correctly diagnosed, the intervention instrument can also be directed through ultrasound guidance, increasing the rate of treatment success. Several systematic reviews and meta-analyses have pointed out that ultrasound guidance leads to more effective treatment of musculoskeletal pain than landmark guidance. Since pain severely hampers quality of life and is treated as the fifth vital sign, the determination of how ultrasound can assist in the management of pain has emerged as one of the most important issues for pain physicians. Therefore, this Special Issue will provide a collection of narrative or systematic reviews, basic research and clinical studies which employ ultrasound to identify the origin and associations of musculoskeletal pain as well as to guide interventions. Since nerve entrapment is a common etiology of musculoskeletal pain, we also welcome articles investigating ultrasound-guided treatment for peripheral nerve entrapment syndrome.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Association of ultrasound diagnosed musculoskeletal painful disorders with pathologies obtained from other imaging modalities;
- Accuracy of ultrasound imaging in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal pain compared with surgical and radiological findings;
- Education/training of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal painful syndrome;
- Comparative effectiveness of ultrasound-guided treatments for musculoskeletal painful syndrome;
- Use of ultrasound elastography for diagnosis and follow up of musculoskeletal pain.
Dr. Ke-Vin Chang
Dr. Kentaro Onishi
Dr. Timur Ekiz
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