Dr. Jones doing an ultrasound on a patient in clinic

Jan 30, 2023 / Sports Medicine

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: How It Helps Your Child

Sports medicine physician Jacob C. Jones, M.D., RMSK, is a musculoskeletal ultrasound expert with advanced training in using ultrasound to evaluate and treat sport-related injuries in children and teens. This commonly used technology uses sound waves to create pictures of the tissues inside the body. Our medical staff regularly partner with our Radiology team to use ultrasound to evaluate and treat sports conditions, and now, Jones will bring that technology and care into the clinic for wider use and immediate accessibility.

After completing a full year of a sports medicine fellowship, Jones spent another year honing his skills in musculoskeletal ultrasound. With a real-time view of the bones and soft tissues, he can provide additional information without exposure to radiation as with X-rays. In addition to providing images to help diagnose a condition, ultrasound can also be used to guide injections to make sure the medicine goes right where it is needed.

Jones has special training and extensive experience using ultrasound to evaluate injured joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. Because many sport-related injuries cause discomfort with certain movements, the images are more helpful in diagnosing some conditions than X-rays. He is able to provide results immediately to patients and families. Occasionally, further consultation with a Scottish Rite pediatric radiologist or additional imaging may be appropriate.

Conditions are Commonly Diagnosed with Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Children and Young Athletes
  • Ligament sprains
  • Tendon injuries
  • Bursitis 
  • Presence of foreign objects
  • Muscle strains
  • Trapped nerves
  • Some fractures
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