What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound therapy is the treatment of discomfort and tissue regeneration used by scientists or occupational therapists. While ultrasound therapy does not work for all chronic conditions of pain, it can help to reduce pain if you have.
Why is an ULtrasound done and who needs it?
Thermal and mechanical therapies are the two main types of ultrasound therapy. Both use a transducer head (which appears a little like a microphone), producing sound waves to reach soft tissue. The difference between the two types of ultrasound therapy is the degree of penetration of the tissues by sound waves.
The more constant propagation of sound waves is used for thermal ultrasound therapy. Sonic waves cause deep tissue molecules to microscopically vibrate, and increase heat and friction. The warming effect promotes soft tissue repair through enhanced tissue cell-level metabolism.
The pulse of the sound waves is used for mechanical ultrasound therapy in tissues. Although this still has a slight warming effect on the skin, the tiny gaseous pores of the soft tissue still expand and contract. The inflammatory response can thus be reduced, muscle inflammation decreased, and therefore discomfort minimized.
You rely on your diagnosis in the form of ultrasound therapy you get. Your therapist will probably use thermal ultrasound therapy if you have myofascial or muscular tension or sprain that has not cured. You can benefit more from mechanical Ultrasound Therapy if your pain results from scar tissue or swelling, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Due to its safety and the common practice of treating different conditions, ultrasound therapy can be used to check whether it improves functionality and pain and then decide whether it’s worth it.
Ultrasound therapeutics is a widely used tool for physical therapists. It should always be part of an overall treatment plan, including exercise, stretching or other focus, if offered as part of your care.