Pain & Injury
Digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) has been shown to be useful as a diagnostic tool in the differential diagnosis of neuromusculoskeletal injuries and their prognosis for return to participation and/or competition. Since DITI is noninvasive, risk-free, and totally portable, it is a very practical tool in the clinical setting and may be used in the sports medicine clinics, private practice or the training room to assess injury and make clinical decisions. DITI can be used as a gauge to clinically assess progress and treatment. DITI is useful for, but not limited to, the diagnosis and evolution of epicondylitis,
Swimmer With Pain in Left Gluteus Maximus
DITI is useful for, but not limited to, the diagnosis and evolution of ankle injuries, shin splints, stress fractures, myofascial pain syndromes, spinal pain syndromes, shoulder injuries, foot pain syndromes, and vascular disorders. One of DITI’s biggest contributions to sports medicine is in the detection of the posttraumatic pain syndromes of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome) and sympathetic maintained pain syndromes which can occur after minimal injury. These have traditionally been difficult to diagnose. DITI provides an invaluable window into the autonomic/sympathetic nervous system, which records via somatocutaneous reflex, the sympathetic response to pain and injury.