Title: Introduction to diagnositic ultrasound in musculoskeletal and sports medicine

Date: 16 October 2020

Course leader: Chris Myers

Cost: £164-£205


About the course

The use of diagnostic ultrasound is growing rapidly and is an exciting area of musculoskeletal medicine. Diagnostic ultrasound is a natural extension to a clinical assessment and is invaluable in the diagnosis and management of peripheral joint, soft tissue (muscle, tendon and ligament) and nerve injuries. This course will offer an introduction to diagnostic ultrasound to osteopaths and other healthcare professionals.

The course is taught by Chris Myers who is a dual qualified Physiotherapist and Osteopath and MSK sonographer. The course is a mixture of lectures, case studies, demonstrations and practical workshops. The practical workshops take place in small groups with close supervision with ample time to practice scanning. High end ultrasound machines will be provided on the course.

Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered

A Communication and patient partnership A2, A3

B Knowledge, skills and performance B1, B2, B3, B4

C Safety and quality in practice C2, C5

D Professionalism D10

Communication and consent - 1 hour throughout the day discussing consent to scan, storage of images and communication of image results.

Objective activity - 1 hour discussion of cased based pathology


Learning outcomes

  • Understand how diagnostic ultrasound compliments and integrates into your current practice
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantage of diagnostic ultrasound and when diagnostic ultrasound should be the imaging modality of choice
  • Gain experience of how the machine works (basic physics), how to operate the machine, how to hold the probe and how to produce an optimal image.
  • Gain practical experience of carrying out ultrasound imaging under close supervision
  • Identify and examine commonly assessed musculoskeletal structures
  • Get a good basis for further study and training of MSK ultrasound imaging
  • Understand the current learning pathways available to clinicians and how to gain competency


09:00 – 09:30: Registration

09:30 – 10:30: The role of diagnostic ultrasound in clinical practice.  How to integrate diagnostic ultrasound into your practice safely and effectively

Advantages and disadvantages of diagnostic ultrasound

Limitation of clinical assessment e.g. orthopaedic (special tests) 

10:30 – 11:30: How the machine works (basic physics), how to operate the machine, how to hold the probe and how to produce an optimal image.

Demonstration: What do different tissues look like on ultrasound – bone, nerve, muscle, cartilage, muscle, tendon and ligament

11:30 – 12:15:  Demonstration - Knee - scanning technique, normal anatomy, pathology

Practical workshop – Knee – delegates scan each other under close supervision

12:15 – 12:30: Competency and medico-legal issues.  Current learning pathways in the UK

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch (included) 

13:30 – 14:30 Demonstration - Ankle - scanning technique, normal anatomy, pathology

Practical workshop – Ankle - delegates scan each other under close supervision

14:30 – 15:00 Interesting case examples/studies

15:00 – 16:30 Demonstration - Shoulder - scanning technique, normal anatomy, pathology

Practical workshop –Shoulder - delegates scan each other under close supervision

16:30 – 17:00 - What’s next? Future learning


Course suitability

The course is suitable for Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, GP’s, Sports Medicine Doctors, Radiologists, Sonographers, Radiographers, Orthopaedic Surgeons and Chiropractors. 


Course leader

Chris Myers is a highly experienced Extended Scope Physiotherapist, Osteopath and MSK Sonographer with an MSc in Sports Medicine. Chris has fully integrated diagnostic ultrasound into his clinical practice and carries out articular and peri-articular ultrasound guided injections.

Chris is a qualified musculoskeletal sonographer, with a PG Cert and CASE accredited qualification from Canterbury Christ Church University. He has taught ultrasound both nationally and internationally on a variety of courses and conferences, at universities and professional sports clubs. He teaches diagnostic ultrasound as visiting lecturer at University College London (UCL) and Canterbury University.

Chris runs a group of private physiotherapy practices, Complete Physio, based in London treating recreational and elite level sports people.  He has worked for the English Institute of Sport (EIS), British Athletics, Tottenham FC and worked at the London Olympics.

Chris is passionate about integrating ultrasound into practice and feels it is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and management of MSK conditions. He has a particular interest in tendon pathology and shoulder pain.

He is regularly invited to lecture on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging in Sports Medicine and provides advanced ultrasound skills training courses for sports physicians and sports physiotherapists both nationally and internationally.

Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.