Ultrasound therapy may be used on a wide range of clinical conditions during various stages of repair. For example;

  • Ankle sprains
  • Tendon inflammation
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Scar tissue
  • Muscle strain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Plantar fasciitis

Trauma goes through phases, from the acute stage, through to sub-acute and chronic where scar tissue is eventually formed. Ultrasound aims to reduce swelling, pain and loss of function prior to rehabilitation and throughout the important rehabilitation process.

Ultrasound is especially useful in the early stages of injury.

How does Ultrasound therapy work?

Ultrasound machines have a treatment head which produces sound waves or ultrasonic waves. This is massaged over the skins surface in the area of pain or injury. Energy is then transmitted via vibrations which stimulate deep or superficial tissues.

In fact, the benefits of ultrasound are not fully understood but it may work in these ways;

  • The ultrasound waves cause vibrations in the collagen fibers. The vibrations create heat within the injured or painful tissues. Although the heat cannot be felt, it helps to reduce muscle spasm and pain. The tissues are more pliable and the healing process speeds up.
  • Ultrasound may speed up the natural inflammatory process. This increases blood flow and stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that is needed to give strength, flexibility and elasticity to the connective tissue or fascia of the skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
  • After an injury, fibrous scar tissue may form. Ultrasound may help to soften and increase elasticity of those fibers so that the body can function again optimally.

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