The use of ultrasound therapy dates back to the 1950’s. Ultrasound therapy utilizes high-energy sound waves to relieve painful joints and muscles. Ultrasound Therapy is performed by a physical therapist specially trained in the use of an ultrasound machine. Ultrasound is the best method for healing soft tissue injuries, treat muscle spasms, and injured tendons.
The treatment is administered through a handheld device that is rubbed over the affected area. It is similar to the ultrasound that a pregnant mother is given. The procedure is pain free and has no known side effects. The sound waves vibrate deep into the injured area. This emits heat that increases blood flow to the area, which in turn increases oxygen flow, and promotes healing. Ultrasound therapy is often combined with massage and ice/heat therapy. The total approach heals the affected tissue, which makes it possible to strengthen the area and reduce the risk of future injury.
Ultrasound therapy has the greatest chance of success when it is administered by a physical therapist. Since physical therapists treat the total body, and not only the injured site, they are most qualified to develop a treatment plan. Physical therapists utilize a variety of modalities to treat the patient, which ensure that the patient will reach their goals.