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What is Ultrasound Therapy?

May 27, 2018

 

 

Ultrasound therapy is a popular method of treatment used by our physical therapy in Brooklyn at Madison Physical Therapy. It involves transferring sound waves with frequencies greater than the human sound spectrum (above 20 kilohertz). The energy from sound waves can be used to treat specific areas of tissue to help with relieving pain in affected areas of the body. This also helps speed up the total recovery time.

 

 

What is ultrasound therapy?

 

Ultrasound therapy treats pain conditions and promotes the healing of soft tissue by way of deep heating. Soft tissue includes joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Therapeutic ultrasound is also one of the most common ways to heal soft tissue lesions. The ultrasound therapeutic method works by activating your skin's tissue with the use of very high sound waves.

    

 

How does ultrasound therapy work?

 

In ultrasound therapy, very high-frequency sound waves generated by the ultrasound machines are able to penetrate the skin of your painful or injured area. In this procedure, a probe or wand with a rounded head, which is further attached to an ultrasound machine, is used by holding it in hand. A gel is rubbed on the skin, and the probe head is then gently moved to the affected body area by making small circular motions.

 

The vibration generates the ultrasonic (high frequency) waves on the head of the hand-held probe. These waves then travel all through the skin causing tissue vibration in the affected areas of the body. This vibration of tissues heats them up, resulting in many beneficial effects on the injured area. This is because the heated area draws more blood and large amounts of nutrients are delivered to the affected area. The main aim here is to increase the flow of blood so that large amounts of nutrients reach the affected cell tissues.

 

 

What Can Ultrasound Therapy Treat?

 

Ultrasound should not be used without receiving a diagnosis from our physical therapy in Brooklyn to make sure that it is the best treatment path for your condition. It should not be used when there are cancerous lesions near the area or if the patient has any infections or disease.

 

Some of the more common injuries that can be treated with ultrasound therapy include:

  • Bursitis

  • Contracted or tightened joints

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Ligament injuries

  • Sprains

  • Tendonitis

  • Torn or strained muscles

 

If you are experiencing pain and believe ultrasound can help, consult with our physical therapy in Brooklyn at Madison Physical Therapy to determine the cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan that is best for you. Make an appointment today!

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