Ultrasound is a type of therapy that is used by licensed medical professionals to address injuries involving the joints, muscle spasms, as well as most soft tissues.
Although the names are the same, this type of ultrasound is not to be confused with the kind that is used to look into expecting mothers’ tummies. This ultrasound generates minor sound waves that in essence vibrate and massage soft tissues and muscle to sooth discomfort. These sound waves do an outstanding job in aiding in the body’s natural healing process in addition to lessening the formation of scar tissue.
Certain types of ultrasounds similarly produce a warming effect to aid in relaxing the muscles or stiffness in the body. This warmth in conjunction with the general features of ultrasound technology help to jumpstart the process of healing at the most baseline cellular level, accelerating recovery speeds for patients.
While receiving an ultrasound treatment, most patients do not feel anything happening, except on occasion a slight heating feeling or tingling around the area being treated is reported.
Common Injuries Treated with Ultrasound
- Muscle strains and tears
- Frozen shoulder
- Sprains and ligament injuries
- Joint contracture or tightness
Ultrasound therapy on its own is an easy and fast practice that takes anywhere from a couple minutes to a little less than an hour. It may be executed once or more than once per day depending on the reason a patient is receiving therapy. Throughout the process, the afflicted area is gently massaged with an ultrasound probe that has been dipped in a conducting gel to ensure the efficiency of the process.