Ultrasound is a specialized treatment modality that has been used for many years to treat chronic pain and improve the healing process. There are several specific ways a Physical Therapist can use Ultrasound therapy to treat injuries and reduce pain. Contact us to learn more about how Ultrasound Therapy can help you promote healing, reduce pain, and improve your ability to perform daily activities and tasks
How Ultrasound Technology Works
During Physical Therapy, gel is normally used on the surface of the applicator to minimize friction as well as to promote the transmission of the Ultrasound Waves. The waves are then absorbed by your tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues. The sound waves cause vibrations which generate heat, ultimately causing the temperature in the tissues to rise. This can increase circulation while reducing pain. Heat can also enable muscles to stretch more easily. Thermal energy produced by Ultrasound during Physical Therapy can, therefore, loosen tight muscles and tendons.
Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy
Increase Blood Flow: Just as cold decreases blood flow, heat will increase it. Ultrasound therapy will cause your blood vessels to increase in size and therefore increase the blood flow. Increased blood flow means more nutrients will be delivered to the area of your injury while waste is carried away. This ultimately enhances the healing process.
Reduce Swelling and Inflammation: Ultrasound therapy has been shown to reduce stiffness in muscles and joints while increasing range of motion. Once blood flow is increased and swelling and inflammation is reduced, this will allow your muscles and joints to respond more favorably to manual stretching exercises and different types of massage.
Promote Tissue Healing: Ultrasound not only improves your muscles and joint range of motion, but can aid in the healing of wounded tissues. The metabolism of the cells in the tissue are affected by Ultrasound. The vibration produced by the Ultrasound can help prevent scar tissue from forming.
Conditions Treated With Ultrasound
Ultrasound Treatments help to relieve pain, increase blood flow, reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote tissue healing. By doing so, it is able to successfully treat and reduce the painful symptoms of multiple conditions. Some common conditions that Ultrasound helps treat include, but are not limited to:
- Frozen shoulder
- Muscle spasms
- Sprains, strains, and tears
Is Ultrasound Right For You?
At Med Center Therapy, our main goal is to improve your posture, gait, strength, range of motion, and overall daily functionality to help you avoid future injury. Depending on you condition, Ultrasound may be an incredibly effective supplement to your personalized treatment plan. Contact Us today and schedule an evaluation with one of our licensed Physical Therapists.