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Therapeutic ultrasound can be used for many things, reducing swelling from a sprain is probably the most commonly known treatment.
Ultrasound is applied using a round-headed wand or probe that is put in direct contact with the patient’s skin over ultrasound gel, used in order to reduce friction and assist in the transmission of the ultrasonic waves. Sound waves pass through the skin and cause a vibration of the local tissues, this vibration or cavitation can cause a deep heating locally though usually no sensation of heat will be felt by the patient. For a fresh injury with acute inflammation, the ultrasound can be pulsed rather than continuously transmitted to reduce the heating effect.
Ultrasound can produce many effects other than just the potential heating effect. It has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation.
A typical ultrasound treatment will take from 3-5 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. In cases where scar tissue breakdown is the goal, this treatment time can be longer, the patient should feel no discomfort at all.
We use Ultrasound Therapy in combination with our hands-on approach to reduce inflammation and promote healing, call us now if you think you would benefit from Ultrasound Therapy.