How Can Ultrasound Treatment Help Me?

Therapeutic ultrasound is a tool used by many physiotherapists in their treatments. The ultrasound waves are created by a vibration of crystals within the head of the ultrasound probe. These continuous waves pass through the skin and create a vibration in the tissues underneath that often can’t be felt by the patient.

The vibrations in the tissues aim to:

  • Increase blood flow to the area
  • Increase the rate of healing
  • Relax the tissues
  • Reduce swelling and chronic inflammation
  • Break down scar tissue
  • Generate a deep heat.

Physiotherapists will most-commonly use ultrasound to treat conditions such as:

  • Spinal injuries (eg. lower back pain)
  • Muscle injuries (eg. hamstring, quadriceps strain)
  • Ligament injuries (eg. ankle, knee sprain)
  • Joint swelling (eg. from osteoarthritis, or from an impact injury)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tendinitis problems (eg. Tennis elbow, achilles tendonitis)
  • Other general sprains and strains

Generally, an ultrasound treatment can take around 5 minutes, depending on the condition and area being treated. Ultrasound may not be suitable for everyone (eg. Over a pregnant tummy or an infected joint) however it is a very useful treatment tool that you may come across in your treatment.


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