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Real-Time Ultrasound

Some of the Physiotherapists at OPSMC have a special interest in the assessment and management of lumbar spine and pelvic girdle pain using Real Time Ultrasound.

How Real Time Ultrasound assessment can help you.

The OPSMC physiotherapy department offers real time ultrasound assessment and training for the stabilisation musculature of the lumbar spine, commonly referred to as “The Core” . Dysfunction of this group of muscles is common in those suffering from low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, hip and groin pain.

Our trained physiotherapists may use the ultrasound unit not only to observe and assess the dysfunction, but use the ability to observe these muscles contracting in “Real Time” affording the unique ability to show the patient and thus enhance the training effect. Learning to correctly recruit the stabilisation musculature is often the first step in the training of your spine to move effectively and efficiently, and without pain, in order to facilitate the return to normal function.

Real time ultrasound assessment can be referred for via the general practitioner or sports medicine physician, but clients may request assessment without referral.

OPSMC offers Real-time Ultrasound services at our Olympic Park and Geelong Campuses.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a referral?

Physiotherapists commonly assess and treat using RTU without the need for referral from a GP or specialist.


What do I need to bring?

Bring comfortable / appropriately loose clothing.


How long will the session take?

Real time ultrasound assessment sessions are of 30 minutes’ duration, but may form a part of a specialised Clinical Pilates assessment of an hour in duration.


Is this service covered by Private Health Insurance?

Patients with Private Health Insurance that include ‘Extras Cover’ may be covered for Physiotherapy services. Please check with your health fund.


Can the technique be used for TAC & WorkCover patients?

Real Time Ultrasound assessment and training can be covered for TAC and WorkCover funded clients if suitable.  TAC and WorkCover funded clients are required to pay on the day, and claim from the insurer. There may be a gap payment required.


How much notice do you require if I need to cancel an appointment?

We require 24 hours’ notice of change of appointment/cancellation, otherwise a cancellation fee may apply.


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