Therapeutic Ultrasound is one of the most commonly prescribed electrophysical therapy modalities for rehabilitation and the management of pain and loss of use due to injury or arthritic conditions.
Its effectiveness has been enhanced over the years by studies which have helped determine optimum techniques and patterns of application. Subsequently, a wide range of injuries have shown to be responsive to this non-invasive therapy.
Therapeutic Ultrasound aids in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, back and joint conditions, limited range of motion, soft tissue injuries and chronic conditions by heating tissues as deep as 1 to 5 centimeters beneath the skin. The treatment works by increasing blood flow, relaxing muscle spasms, repairing damaged tissue and dramatically speeding the healing process.
The following is a brief list of the more common locations/conditions for which ultrasound can be used as a diagnostic modality and an adjunctive modality to MRI or CT scanning for diagnosis and clinical follow-up:
Spine: Therapeutic Ultrasound can improve inflammation in the facets, nerve roots, tendons, ligaments as well as muscles. Studies show that spinal ultrasound assists with healing and supports rehabilitation.
Knee: Ultrasound therapy is an extremely effective treatment for tendonitis and various lumps and bumps, such as synovial or meniscal cysts. Ultrasound therapy is also a great option for treating meniscal tears, cruciate lesions, and osteochondral lesions.
Foot: Therapeutic Ultrasound is a highly effective treatment for Morton’s neuroma, posterior ankle impingement, and tendonitis.