Ultrasound is a physical therapy treatment for muscle injuries. It increases the circulation of blood and aids in healing inflammation. It speeds up the natural healing process. It also helps control the pain associated with arthritic joints.
Ultrasound uses waves that are converted to heat when tissues absorb the ultrasound waves. Ultrasound therapy works similarly as heat therapy. It decreases swelling, which speeds up the healing process, and reducing scar tissue around joints. Thus, joints can work more effectively, employing full range of motion. It also improves circulation, thereby increasing the pliability of muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Some of the conditions that are treated by ultrasound includes but not limited to muscle and joint swelling, and ligament and tendon injuries.
How is it performed:
1. Hot compression is the first step in ultrasound therapy. It is being done for five minutes.
2. Next step is the ultrasound therapy. An ultrasonic gel is being applied to the area which is being treated.
3. After a 15-minute ultrasound, an electrical pulse is being transmitted to the body to help the muscles relax.
You can view the actual ultrasound therapy here: