Ultrasound Scanning

For Musculoskeletal Disorders and Injuries

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Ultrasound Scanning

Why have a Diagnostic Ultrasound Scan?

Ultrasound is an exceptional imaging tool for the evaluation of many Musculoskeletal (MSK) Disorders. It is an excellent test for identifying the causes of pain, restricted movement and inflammation of the shoulder, elbow, hand & wrist, hip, knee, ankle & foot. It can also characterise many superficial lumps & bumps and diagnose suspected hernias of the abdominal wall and groin. Ultrasound is the second most common imaging test in the UK (after X-Rays). It is also one of the safest tests, as it only uses high-frequency sound waves to form an image of the structures being examined. There are no known risks from the sound waves used.

Non-MSK Scans

In addition to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, we now also accept direct self-referral for other Ultrasound scans, including Abdomen, Renal tract, Aortic Aneurysm screening, Testes, Thyroid and Head & Neck scans.
A doctors’ referral is not necessary, although we are happy to accept referrals from all clinicians, including GP’s, Consultants, Physiotherapists, Chiropodists, and Chiropractors.

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Preparation for your scan

Most of our scans do not require you to follow any preparation, however, for Abdomen and Aorta scans we require patients to be nil by mouth 6 hours prior to their scan appointment. This helps us to visualise your organs more clearly.
For Renal tract scans, patients need to drink 2 pints of water, 1 hour before the scan. This enables us to visualise your bladder in clearer detail.
Our Sonographer is always on hand to discuss your ultrasound questions, & ensure you receive the appropriate imaging exam for your condition.

Who will carry out my Scan?

Our Advanced Practice Sonographer is Spencer Laver. He is a highly experienced practitioner with over 26 years in the NHS and Private Practice. He has additional specialist qualifications in MSK Ultrasound and is CQC & HCPC Registered. He holds a weekly ultrasound session at our Sports Injury Clinic in Woodthorpe, meaning scans will be performed with minimal waiting times.

What are the benefits of an Ultrasound scan?

  • Safe to use, as it does not involve potentially harmful radiation.
  • Excellent visualisation of organs, tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and soft tissue are obtained. Ultrasound is capable of viewing structures measuring a fraction of a millimetre.
  • Dynamic imaging enables the sonographer to visualise the movement of joints & tendons in real-time, to assess injuries, disorders & function.
  • A special ultrasound feature, called Colour Doppler, allows the real-time assessment of blood flow in organs, inflammatory pathology within joints and vascular changes in tendons.
  • Ultrasound of MSK injuries and disorders is helpful for physiotherapists to confirm their diagnosis and provide clarity in cases where the cause for patients’ symptoms is less certain.
  • For other areas of the body, ultrasound is excellent for identifying many diseases and pathologies, and is often the first line medical imaging tool of choice.

How much does a scan cost?

The price of a single-area Ultrasound scan, including report, is only £79.
Two region scans are £129 for the same appointment slot. Any further scans will require a separate booking.

You can book in using our online booking system without a referral from your Doctor or Physiotherapist. If you are unsure if an ultrasound is suitable for your complaint/injury then please contact us  or call us on 0115 960 9553 and our Sonographer or one of our Physiotherapists will confirm this for you.


PhysioNeeds Clinics

PhysioNeeds Nottingham

PhysioNeeds Nottingham

Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic
736 Mansfield Road
Woodthorpe
Nottingham NG5 3FW

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PhysioNeeds East Bridgford

PhysioNeeds East Bridgford
1 Main Street
East Bridgford
Nottinghamshire NG13 8PA

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PhysioNeeds Cotgrave

PhysioNeeds Cotgrave

PhysioNeeds Cotgrave
Suite H, Cotgrave Business Hub
Candleby Lane, Cotgrave
Nottingham NG12 3JQ

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Dear Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic patients

We hope you are all keeping safe and you and your families are managing okay in these very unprecedented times.

Our clinic is open for Face to Face treatment! We assure you that we have put enhanced measures in place to ensure the protection of both you the patient, our staff and the wider public. A full risk assessment of the working environment has been undertaken. We are following Public Health England COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidelines.

We are asking patients to wear a face mask at all times when inside the clinic.

Please see our PDF attached outlining our SCREENING-CLEANING-PROTECTING protocols

COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONS: When booking a Face to Face appointment you will be asked to confirm that you or any member of your household IS NOT presenting, or HAS NOT presented with the following symptoms in the last 14 days:

If you answer YES to any of the above then you will not be able to be seen Face-to-Face but we can still discuss and treat your injury via Telephone/Video Consultations. We can also offer Telephone/Video Consultations for those patients who are still shielding.

We have also been posting lots of videos on our Facebook page and YouTube channel (PhysioNeeds) so do check those out to try and stay as active as possible. We have also been putting top tips on our Facebook page to help with prevention/management of injuries. If you have any questions, please do contact the clinic.

Stay safe everyone!

From all the team at PhysioNeeds

Screening, Cleaning, Protecting