Google Glass and MSK ultrasound: the future of Physiotherapy
Glass has provided a platform to position a live MSK ultrasound image for us to view while examining the patient. This technology will allow the physicians of the future to embrace placing ones hand on the body while receiving both palpation and visual stimulation. The hand serves as an ultrasound probe. This permits us to evaluate the patient’s expression as well as viewing the dynamic anatomy while receiving palpation stimulation... Triple feedback, previously never witnessed in medicine. Finally, the patient feels the comfort of the human touch, which cannot be replaced or measured but is notably missed.
Kiné Care (www.msk-ultrasound.com), experts in teaching MSK ultrasound to physiotherapists and other MSK healthcare professionals, are convinced that this technology of MSK ultrasound combined with Glass or hand held devices could be the future in physiotherapy.
Physiotherapists in some countries (i.e. Netherlands and UK) are using MSK ultrasound in clinical practice. Some of the advantages of using MSK ultrasound in clinical practice are:
- It will give the professional a much better understanding in fundamental knowledge in 3-dimensional functional anatomy and biomechanics. One can never learn enough anatomy.
- MSK ultrasound is not only a diagnostic tool. If not allowed to use it diagnostically it can also help in biofeedback treatment, visualizing the condition and informing the patient, to monitor the effects of treatment, to evaluate connective tissue repair and adjusting the treatment parameters to the new situation.
- It will lead to a much more self critical view. Physiotherapists learn to know their own limitations, but also those of the profession in general.
Opinion of Kiné Care: If MSK ultrasound is learned and applied correctly, it wil lead to better patient care and more patient satisfaction.
> From: Benninger, Clin Anat (2014) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Click here for the Pubmed summary.