What is an Ultrasound Therapy
Therapeutic ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to treat a variety of deep soft tissue injuries. Ultrasound is used for soft tissue damage in order to decrease swelling, muscle spasm, pain and increase ranges of motion.
Ultrasound is applied using a round handheld soundhead that is placed direct skin contact with ultrasound sound. Purpose of ultrasound therapy is speed up helping time, reduce swelling, increase blood flow, decrease pain, and reduce joint stiffness.
Ultrasound therapy treatment can take from 3-5 minutes for an acute injury or longer for a chronic injury when scar tissue is present.
Ultrasound can also be helpful at diagnosing minor fractures that may not be obvious on X-ray due to much inflammation. A hairline fracture may produce pain as sound waves are trapped between the two parts of the break. Placing the ultrasound head over the injuries area and patient pain increase, then there could be a possibility a fracture.
We refrain from using ultrasound where there are malignancies, metal implants, acute infection, vascular abnormalities and abdomen of pregnant women.
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