Ultrasound devices generate deep heat within the body penetrating the skin and tissue for the treatment of selected medical conditions such as pain relief, muscle spasms and joint contractures. They can also be used with a special gel formulated for ideal transmission into the skin.
What is therapeutic ultrasound?
- Therapeutic ultrasound is a treatment modality commonly used in physical therapy. It is used to provide deep heating to soft tissues in the body. These include muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments.
What does ultrasound do to muscles?
- Ultrasound is a passive modality, meaning a treatment your physical therapist administers. It is a supplement to the primary treatment (eg, therapeutic stretching, exercise). Ultrasound can help relax tight muscles that are sore, and warms muscles and soft tissues, which increases circulation that helps healing.
While ultrasound therapy is not effective for all chronic pain conditions, it may help reduce your pain if you have any of the following:
- Myofascial pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Pain caused by scar tissue
- Phantom limb pain
- Sprains and strains