Ultrasound is a specialized method of physical therapy that uses mechanical energy to promote the healing process. It can be used as a way to manage or relieve pain, treat injuries, and improve your ability to perform daily activities. If you are suffering from pain or a recent injury, ultrasound treatments may benefit you.
What does ultrasound treat?
Ultrasound treatments are vague, in the sense that they can treat a vast variety of conditions. It is not limited to one specific ailment or region of pain. Some common conditions that ultrasound helps treat include, but are not limited to:
• Frozen shoulder
• Muscle spasms
• Sprains, strains, and tears
These treatments help to relieve pain, increase blood flow, reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote tissue healing. By doing so, it is able to successfully treat and reduce the painful symptoms of multiple conditions.
How does it work?
The technology behind these treatments involves the use of sound waves. These sound waves are used to treat conditions affecting the muscles, ligaments, and bones by creating vibrations that generate heat. When the tissues vibrate, friction is produced at the molecular level, which causes the temperature of the tissues to increase. While heating packs can be effective in warming up an affected area, they are unable to reach the tissues in the same ways that ultrasound technology can.
When an ultrasound treatment is being conducted, our physical therapists will generously put gel on the surface of the ultrasound applicator, in order to minimize friction and promote the transmission of the sound waves. These waves are then absorbed by your tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues.
What happens in the body during an ultrasound treatment?
There are two main ways that ultrasound works to heal and repair damaged tissues in the body. The first includes the thermal energy (heat) benefits and the second includes the non-thermal benefits.
Heat enters your deep tissues during an ultrasound treatment. Heat helps to reduce pain, increase blood circulation, and allow for an easier stretch of the muscles. The thermal energy produced during your ultrasound treatment can also loosen up tight muscles and tendons.
Ultrasound technology can work in beneficial ways that are unrelated to its transfer of heat. Energy that enters the body during an ultrasound treatment creates tiny gas bubbles that gather around the tissues. These bubbles then expand and contract at a rapid pace, which is a process known as cavitation. This can help in repairing any damaged tissue, such as scar tissue or cellulite, and loosening up the muscles.
How do I know if it'll work for me?
At Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, our highly trained Madison physical therapists will design a treatment plan for your specific needs. This could include ultrasound treatments, depending on the nature of your condition and contributing symptoms.
At your initial appointment, a physical therapist will conduct a physical exam that will help in the diagnosis of your condition and how it should be treated. Your treatment plan will also take into account your medical history and any additional health restrictions you may have.
What's The Next Step?
Scheduling an appointment is the first step to figuring out whether or not ultrasound treatment is right for you. At Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, our physical therapists will provide you with a thorough evaluation to determine what the best treatment plan will be for you. We understand how inhibiting pain and stiffness can be, and we want to help get you back to comfortably living your life. We'll help lift all of your physical stresses away!
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