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What Does Therapeutic Ultrasound Do? | Car Accident Doctor

August 30, 2011

What is therapeutic ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a type of treatment that provides deep heat to tissues.  A special machine is used that sends out sound waves at a high frequency.  The sound waves generate heat as they go deep into your muscles and soft tissue.  The deep heat causes changes in the injured tissue and helps it heal.

When is ultrasound used?

Ultrasound treatment is used for muscle, overuse, and soft tissue injuries.  It is used on deep soft tissue, muscle bruises, and to help break up scar tissue that may have built up due to an injury or surgery. Often it is used along with a physical therapy program of stretches and exercises.

What happens during the ultrasound treatment?

First, a conductive gel is applied to the skin.  The ultrasound device is turned on to the correct setting.  The therapist moves the transducer in slow even movements.  This evenly spreads the deep heat and energy. The therapy normally lasts for 5 to 10 minutes.  The patient doesn’t feel anything during the treatment.

What are the benefits of ultrasound treatment?

Benefits of ultrasound treatment include:
•    Increased blood flow to injured area
•    Increased tissue healing
•    Decreased pain in injured area
•    Decreased inflammation
•    Break up of scar tissue

Ultrasound treatment on injured soft tissue may lead to faster recovery,  quicker return to activities, and less pain.

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