Ultrasound app for tackling pain

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Over the past four years, Dr. Dinesh Kumbhare, a clinical researcher and physiatrist in Toronto Rehab's Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program (CIPP), has been developing an ultrasound application that can be used in a clinic setting to analyze muscles, distinguish between healthy and unhealthy muscles, and ultimately, legitimize pain that patients feel, but that physicians cannot find.

One of the most debilitating chronic pain disorders, Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) diagnosis has traditionally relied primarily on physical examination. New evidence suggests that this is unreliable with risk of under-treating patients with more acute conditions. Currently there is no existing specialty in muscle medicine, leaving a gap in effective pain management.

Sandra Aubin was 27 when she was involved in a car accident that left her with chronic pain in her head, neck and back. She suffered quietly for 20 years, enduring varying degrees of success with pain relievers, massage, chiropractic treatments, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and aqua therapy.

"My quality of life was limited and I was exhausted from the pain," recalls Sandra, now 47. "I would take frequent naps to escape my exhaustion, pain, and low mood."

It was not until 2016 that Sandra met Dr. Kumbhare, who would introduce her to what she calls a life-giving technique: using ultrasound to detect, diagnose and treat her myofascial pain.

"Immediately after my first treatment, I had range of motion in my neck I didn't have before," says Sandra. "For the first time in years I could touch my chin to my chest, and turn and tilt my head."

Encouraged by the direction in which his research is heading, Dr. Kumbhare’s plan is to keep collecting data that legitimizes its utility, and continue developing the software that makes it usable for physicians.

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In Photo (UHN): Dr. Dinesh Kumbhare uses ultrasound to effectively treat Sandra Aubin’s chronic pain.