Ultrasound therapy is an electrotherapy which has been used in physiotherapy practices for many years. It is mainly used for its non-thermal effect where high frequency sound waves cause vibrations and movement of cellular fluids. Proposed benefits of ultrasound therapy include:
- improving the healing rate of certain soft tissues.
- Increase blood flow to an area in order to accelerate the resolution time of the inflammatory process.
- Stimulate the production of collagen (the main protein in tendons and ligaments) during tissue healing.
Common Injuries Treated with Ultrasound:
- Mastitis and blocked milk ducts
- Acute Muscle strain and tears
- Ligament and tendon injuries
What to expect?
A small amount of gel will be applied to the body part to be treated. A transducer (sound head) which is attached to the ultrasound machine will be placed onto the gel and moved in small circles by the physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will set the machine to deliver the appropriate depth and intensity of sound wave required.
You will most likely not feel anything happening throughout the ultrasound treatment. If you do experience discomfort or pain let your physiotherapist know immediately.
How Safe is It?
Ultrasound therapy is a safe treatment technique. However, there are situations when ultrasound therapy is not appropriate. Your qualified physiotherapist will ensure that it is an appropriate technique for you and discuss it with you. Certain examples where it would definitely not be used are; over body parts with cancer and in pregnant women.
Does It Work?
Studies have shown that ultrasound therapy can improve symptoms and healing in various soft tissue conditions but the quality of the evidence is often poor. Due to the lack of substantial evidence for significant benefits ultrasound may be used in conjunction with other more research-supported manual hands-on techniques (based on our physiotherapists assessment of you).
Who should I book with?
All of our Physiotherapy team are qualified to do ultrasound – you can book a general Physiotherapy appointment and your therapist will be able to treat your injury with this modality in the appointment.