Ultrasound is applied using a transducer that is in direct contact with the patient’s skin. Gel is used on all surfaces of the head in order to reduce friction and assist in the transmission of ultrasonic waves.
Therapeutic ultrasound in physical therapy is alternating compression and rarefactioning of sound waves with a frequency of 0.7 to 3.3 MHz. They are absorbed primarily by connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) and scar tissues.
There are 3 primary benefits to ultrasound:
- Speed up healing process by increasing blood flow in the targeted area
- Decrease pain through the reduction of oedema
- Relax soft tissue structures and break down scar tissues
Commonly used for:
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- And more…