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.
If you are interested in therapeutic ultrasound or have any questions about adding it to your treatment, give your friendly physiotherapists a call on 8356 1379 or BOOK an appointment online now!
Post by Rhiannon Barnard