What is Therapeutic Ultrasound Treatment?

What is Therapeutic Ultrasound Treatment?

Therapeutic Ultrasound treatment involves applying ultrasound waves directly to the patient’s skin using a round-headed wand and gel. Therapeutic ultrasound is a modality that has been used by therapists for over 70 years.

How Does Therapeutic Ultrasound Treatment Work?

How Does Therapeutic Ultrasound Treatment Work?

Ultrasonic waves are produced and sent into the patient’s body by the vibration of the crystals within the head of the therapeutic ultrasound wand. The sound waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local tissues. Maximum energy is absorbed primarily by connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, fascia and also scar tissue.

Therapeutic Ultrasound may have two types of benefits:

  1. Thermal effect caused by the body’s absorption of sound waves produced by the ultrasound.
  2. Non-thermal effect caused by the vibration of the tissue, causing microscopic air bubbles to form. These microscopic air bubbles created by the ultrasound transmit the vibrations in a way that directly stimulates cell membranes, helping with pain management.

This physical stimulation appears to enhance the cell-repair effects of the inflammatory response, assisting in pain management for the patient.Therapeutic Ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow and scar tissue breakdown. Increase in local blood flow helps to reduce swelling and chronic inflammation and according to studies can promote bone fracture healing. A typical ultrasound treatment will take from 8 to 10 minutes depending on the size of the area and the condition being treated.

What Conditions does Therapeutic Ultrasound Treat?

The conditions a Therapeutic Ultrasound can treat include:

  • Recent soft tissue injuries
  • Non-acute joint swelling
  • Muscle spasm
  • Edema
  • Arthritis of the shoulder and hip joint
  • Venous ulcers and pressure sores
  • Bursitis and tendinitis
  • Nerve root pain
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ligament pain (eg. low back pain caused by iliolumbar ligament tightness)