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Ultrasound for orthopedic health

By Vanessa Grieve, Idaho State Journal
vgrieve@journalnet.com

DrJoseph_Ultrasound_patient-300x199POCATELLO — Using ultrasound image technology has taken some of the guesswork out of diagnosing musculoskeletal injuries.

“It’s one thing to touch somebody on the skin and say, ‘Does this hurt?’ That has some predictability,” said sports medicine physician Dr. Anthony Joseph. But when the source of the injury isn’t certain, ultrasound imaging can provide an instantaneous image.

“I’m seeing under the skin and seeing what the problem is and focus my treatment on that.” Joseph, who is a sports medicine physician at Pocatello Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute, has been in sports medicine since the early 1990s. At that time, the field was taking off and acted as a bridge for surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.

“When I went through undergraduate training and then in medicine, I got very interested in exercise physiology — that adaptation that takes place with exercise (in the body) and how medicine is affected by exercise,” he said. “A lot of things were coming together in medicine at that time.”   Continue reading