Elbow joint, medial and lateral epicondyles (golfer’s and tennis elbow), triceps tendon, olecranon, and affected area
At Phoenix Ultrasound, we provide a specialised Elbow ultrasound scan for both male and female patients aged 18 and above.
Our non-invasive and painless ultrasound imaging technique offers a radiation-free diagnostic assessment of the elbow joints, medial and lateral epicondyles and tendons (golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow), biceps and triceps tendons, and adjacent structures. This comprehensive scan aids in the identification and diagnosis of various conditions, including golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, joint wear and tear or inflammation, bursitis, nerve entrapment (ulnar, radial, median nerves), or other injuries.
Common symptoms such as pain during activities or at night, limited or painful range of motion, pain during gripping or repetitive motions, morning stiffness, swelling, and pain in the elbow region are compelling reasons to have an elbow ultrasound scan.
Book your appointment today at Phoenix Ultrasound for a thorough assessment and peace of mind.
You may need an elbow ultrasound scan if you experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
• Pain and swelling around the elbow region, affecting movement, daily activities or sporting activities.
• Pain during gripping or repetitive movements.
• Stiffness in the elbow in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
• Limited range of motion, pain or difficulty fully bending or straightening the elbow.
• Pain, limited range of motion, or instability after an injury or accident.
• Unable to progress training or to achieve nominal performance.
• Numbness, tingling or other nerve symptoms (pins and needles, burning pain, electric shock sensation)
• Discomfort during sport or at the end of an active day.
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, consider booking an elbow ultrasound scan at Phoenix Ultrasound to assess the underlying structures and diagnose any potential issues. Early detection can lead to timely intervention and better outcomes.
During this ultrasound scan, our specialist sonographer will assess the whole elbow region using ultrasound technology.
The appointment encompasses the following:
• Relevant Medical History: We will gather information about your medical history and injuries to ensure a thorough assessment.
• Ultrasound Examination: We will perform a detailed ultrasound scan of the elbow, including the elbow joint (coronoid-trochlear joint and radio-capitellar joint), medial and lateral epicondyles (bony structure, collateral ligaments, common flexor and extensor tendon origins), biceps and triceps tendons, bursitis, and other mechanical or inflammatory issues.
• Explanation of Findings: You will receive clear explanations of all findings during and after the ultrasound scan.
• Official Report: We will provide you with an official report within 24 hours, including relevant images from your scan.
• Further Recommendations: If necessary, we may recommend a follow-up scan, referral to your GP or a specialist, or suggest additional tests such as blood test or other imaging.
At Phoenix Ultrasound, our goal is to offer a comprehensive and informative service to guide you through the diagnostic process. Your health and well-being are our top priorities.
The most common finding is tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis/epicondylalgia, common extensor tendinopathy/tendinitis), and golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis/epicondylalgia, common flexor tendinopathy/tendinitis). Bursitis (especially olecranon bursitis), arthritis (joint inflammation or swelling) and osteoarthritis (joint wear and tear) are also relatively common.
Biceps and triceps tendons injuries (tendinopathy or tears) are less frequent.
Ultrasound can also assess the ulnar nerve and radial nerve around the elbow to assess for nerve entrapment or instability (subluxation/dislocation)
At Phoenix Ultrasound, our skilled professionals are trained to identify and interpret a range of conditions, providing you with a comprehensive assessment of your health.
Our ultrasound specialist will explain the procedure before starting. You will be guided to sit upright facing the sonographer and expose the elbow. A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to the examined area for optimal imaging. Our specialist will move the probe on your skin to produce diagnostic ultrasound images. You may be asked to move the elbow and arm in various positions, which helps better visualise structures around the elbow. Elbow ultrasound scan is safe, non-invasive (external, onto the skin), involve no radiation, and are painless so you are not expected to feel any discomfort during your ultrasound scan.
An elbow ultrasound scan is usually completed within 15-20 minutes. Our sonographer will provide recommendations based on the findings of the ultrasound scan.
You will receive your results verbally immediately after the scan. Following the appointment, the sonographer will review the images and prepare a written report within 24 hours, with any recommended actions. The report and images will be sent to you, allowing you to discuss the findings with your doctor or physiotherapist if necessary.
There are no associated risks or side effects with a shoulder ultrasound scan. Ultrasound, the imaging technique used, does not involve any radiation. This is one reason why doctors prefer ultrasound for monitoring developing babies in pregnant women.