If you are suffering from muscular or joint aches and pains, and are seeking a bone ultrasound near Pittsburgh PA, trust DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine with your complete orthopedic care. Founder Dr. Jacob DiCesare is an orthopedic specialist with over a decade of clinical experience. Having come from a traditional, high-volume orthopedic practice, he felt that orthopedic medicine needed a more personalized, patient-focused approach, and DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine was created.
When we perform an orthopedic exam, Dr. DiCesare will perform a variety of physical tests that help to determine your range of motion and identify any obvious signs of orthopedic issues.
If deemed necessary, we will also perform a cutting-edge procedure known as a musculoskeletal ultrasound (or joint ultrasound), a painless imaging test that can help diagnose musculoskeletal conditions. This type of ultrasound requires no special preparation and exposes patients to a minimal amount of radiation, ensuring the utmost safety and convenience for our patients.
Dr. Jacob DiCesare has earned a reputation as the “Gentle Injector” due to his ability to administer joint injections in the most painless way possible. During his tenure working at a high volume orthopedic practice, he became well-versed in musculoskeletal ultrasound and regenerative medicine. He was also the first non-operative Sports Medicine physician at the practice, and gained extensive experience in non-surgical treatment of acute and chronic injuries.
Dr. DiCesare completed a Family Practice residency at UPMC/St. Margaret, and a Sports Medicine Fellowship with the Allegheny Health Network. His sports medicine background makes him uniquely qualified to identify and treat injuries that result from acute trauma, such as trips, falls, and accidents.
For many years, orthopedic specialists relied exclusively on X-rays to look for damage to the joints, however, this technology is limiting as it does not give a clear picture of soft tissues.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound technology is a non-invasive alternative to X-rays that provide a higher level of detail of soft tissue structures, such as tendons and nerves.
Some of the many benefits of MSK ultrasounds include:
A musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound is like a regular ultrasound, only it can obtain images of the musculoskeletal system. Specifically, it captures images of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves and soft tissues throughout the body. A musculoskeletal ultrasound examination is usually completed within 15 to 30 minutes, and requires no preparation by the patient.
No! An MSK ultrasound is a non-invasive test, meaning it does not involve the use of needles or any other sharp instruments. During the procedure, a trained clinician will place ultrasound gel on the affected body part and move a wand-shaped device, called a transducer, over the affected area to take images. You will feel pressure from the transducer pressing down on your body, but there will be no pain or discomfort.
Yes, an MSK ultrasound can detect inflammation of the lining of the joints, as well as abnormalities in the tendons.
If you are suffering from a chronic or recent injury in your bones, muscles, ligaments, or tendons, we recommend getting an evaluation by Dr. DiCesare or a member of our medical staff. Once we perform a thorough orthopedic evaluation, we can determine if you should get an MSK ultrasound.