Auntminnie.com has a good article on the emergence of ultrasound as a screening tool in wrist pain, yet another example of the rapidly expanding musculoskeletal market and the use of ultrasound by a physician as a diagnostic and screening tool.
Quoted from http://www.auntminnie.com/index.asp?Sec=sup&Sub=ort&Pag=dis&ItemId=79894:
Ultrasound shows promise as a screening tool for wrist pain
By Shalmali Pal
AuntMinnie.com staff writer
February 5, 2008
More than 2.2 million people in the U.S. turned up at their doctor's office with complaints of wrist pain in 2005, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). These cases made up 72% of all wrist-related physician visits that year -- and the pain was not related to any specific injury or trauma.
So how many of these wrist issues stemmed from modern-life activities that the human hand is being forced to adapt to, such as typing, mousing, and text messaging?
More than just a handful, based on the anecdotal experience of Dr. Mihra Taljanovic, the head of the musculoskeletal imaging section in the department of radiology at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson. She told AuntMinnnie.com that she has noticed a recent uptick in the number of patients referred to her from private practices for the evaluation of specific wrist and hand-related pathologies