When your patient comes in for a physical or requests advice on an exercise program, what do you check? An evaluation typically includes assessing cardiovascular status, a review of old injuries and illnesses. Vital signs as well as diagnostic studies for blood or perhaps an EKG help you make the best recommendations for your patient. Having vital signs and diagnostic tools to create a picture of your patient's health is important to determine if your patient is going to have a heart attack with a new exercise program. However, in this situation, preventing cardiovascular events is not the only concern.
Physical Activity is a key lifestyle modification not just for cardiovascular protection but overall health. Injury and lack of results are two of the main reasons people quit their exercise programs. In fact, you've likely seen that a patient will more often present to your office to discuss an injury from a change in fitness routine
than to request permission to start. In both scenarios, whether preventativeor
responding to a complaint, you can help your patient find success in their fitness
goals by learning some new vital signs and tools to improve your musculoskeletal
This month, we are launching our first online training course for Core Ultrasound. Core Ultrasound training teaches medical providers, in a variety of specialties, to use specific "vital signs" and diagnostic tools to improve their musculoskeletal assessment. Vital signs of the musculoskeletal system are signs that help you recognize existing or potential problems within the system. These include breathing, posture and alignment of the spine and pelvis. The most effective diagnostic tool to evaluate muscle function is real-time ultrasound. With ultrasound you can assess not only the morphology of the muscles and their attachments, but how the muscles function with movement.
Core Ultrasound exams are designed to evaluate the core system --the innermost abdominal muscles. The core system is responsible for three vital functions:
Stabilization of the spine and pelvis
Distribution of loads across the spine and pelvis
Maintaining alignment and balance with movement.
Recognizing core dysfunction and correcting it will decrease your patient's risk for the leading cause of disability in the US --back injury. It also reduces risk of knee, hip and shoulder injury, muscle strains and degenerative arthritis that can result from chronic core dysfunction. Symptoms of core dysfunction include recurring or chronic back pain, abdominal weakness, hip popping, pelvic pain, stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and rectus diastasis.
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Our training helps medical providers diagnose core dysfunction and improves their ability to make appropriate recommendations for physical fitness or restoration of the core system. We promote a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes the providers' expertise and opens communication among providers to improve customized care for the patient.
These musculoskeletal vital signs and tools have become an essential part of my practice, as well as for those of my colleagues who are using Core Ultrasound. Unlike the FAST exam or a fetal profile, these exams are low risk, performed in a non-critical setting and are easy to learn. Our US Core Provider course teaches you the basics of Core Ultrasound and gives you the tools you need to incorporate screening for core dysfunction into your practice --and it's FREE.
Or take advantage of our website Launch Deal and get one-on-one, in-person training for you and another medical provider to certify as Core System Specialists, at half the cost. As you use Core Ultrasound, with your musculoskeletal exam you will more effectively assess and teach patients how to attain better results with their exercise programs by doing their exercises correctly and with reduced risk for injury through restoring core muscle function.