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Rehabilitative Ultrasound Upper Quadrant US UQ

Our courses are presented by Mr. Peter Esselbach who has over 20 years experience in private practice medical sonography, both as a practitioner and as an educator. He is also a physiotherapist with 8 years experience in private practice, specialising in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. So Peter brings uniquely together the technical world of US and the clinical application of sports physiotherapy.

So how does US fit in your practice?

Real time ultrasound imaging is a growing diagnostic modality which is increasingly accessible to physiotherapist and other medical practitioners. However recent surveys have shown that most users have limited training. In a University of South Australia survey, 26.7% of all respondents had RTUI training with most completing two hours or less of training (Physiotherapy Res Int. 2008 Dec;13(4):231-40).

Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging - Upper Quadrant

This two day didactic workshop is designed for physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors who have a keen interest in using ultrasound in the assessment and management of injuries of the upper limb. Training will cover how to optimise ultrasound images and give an overview of pattern recognition of normal and pathological sonographic imaging.

Protocols for imaging of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand will be covered including how to recognise various pathologies frequently encountered in these regions. The use of real time ultrasound biofeedback techniques will be covered, including the assessment of the lumbopelvic and scapula-thoracic regions.

Tuition will include how to clinically correlate the ultrasound findings and how this impacts on the clinical management. Small groups allow for intensive hands-on training using high quality equipment. Pre- readings articles will be provided and workshop lecture slides will be forwarded to all attendees as an electronic manual.

This course is ideally tailored to health professionals with no or limited experience in rehabilitative and diagnostic ultrasound, and those currently using ultrasound whom wish to reinforce and grow their knowledge base.

cathie green"I really enjoyed the AAP Education Ultrasound Course and would highly recommend it as an introduction to Ultrasonography in Clinical Practice. Peter was an excellent learning facilitator, and presented clearly, allowing adequate time for demonstration and practice. I completed the weekend feeling that I had the ability to develop the new skills I have acquired and stimulated to explore using them to improve my understanding of some of the conditions I treat as well as my clinical practice. Real-time ultrasound is a valuable “window” into functional anatomy."

Catherine Hunt


sarah"I really enjoyed the Ultrasound Course. And thought Peter was a great tutor. I got to work Monday and stayed late to go through some ultrasound on the unsuspecting receptionist! I felt quite accomplished with the pelvic floor and transversus. After the course, I was disappointed though to find that at our clinic we only have a lower end unit and no flat head. So am left a tad frustrated at not being able to scan anything other than the transversus and pelvic floor. As I said above though, I really loved the course and learnt lots which I can apply, so thank you for taking the time to organise a very informative weekend."

Sarah Gregson

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Be competent with operating and optimising your ultrasound unit
  • Image and identify relevant anatomy of the upper quadrant
  • Demonstrate effective imaging and assessment of various soft tissues, including tendons, muscles and bursa
  • Demonstrate muscle contraction and relaxation
  • Identify various pathologies including haematomas, muscle, tendon and ligament tears, tendinopathies and complications of healing
  • Identify bony pathologies such as small fractures
  • Understand the limitations of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging and when further expertise is clinically warranted
  • Utilise ultrasound imaging to help make appropriate management decisions according to the clinical situation

Resources & Assessment

A course manual including all lecture material is provided to all attendees. Practical tuition is in small groups using portable ultrasound machines. Pre-reading articles are provided and a pre-test and post-test will be conducted as part of the formal assessment.

Additional Information

Two ultrasound case studies and a white paper titled "New Frontiers in Real Time US" written by Peter are available on this page after course enrolment, as part of your pre-reading materials.

Rehabilitative Ultrasound Videos

Video discussing usage of realtime ultrasound to assist evaluation of muscles involved in scapular kinematics

Video demonstrating the use of real time ultrasound on the anterior neck flexors

Rural & Remote Professional Development Support

See Rural Workforce Support Agencies for details in your state or territory.

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