by Wellness First Medical Center on October 23, 2023
Another pain management modality provided here in Dickinson's Wellness First Medical Center is Therapeutic Ultrasound. It is a form of treatment that uses high-frequency sound waves to treat musculoskeletal problems. It is commonly used by physical therapists and other healthcare professionals to provide deep heating to soft tissues in the body.
Here's how it works:
Sound Waves Generation: A handheld ultrasound probe emits sound waves that are not audible to the human ear. These sound waves are produced at a frequency of over 800,000 cycles per second. Transmission into Tissues: The ultrasound waves are transmitted into the body's tissues through a specialized gel that is applied to the skin over the treatment area. This gel helps the sound waves effectively penetrate the skin.
Mechanical Vibrations and Heating: As the ultrasound waves enter the body, they cause the tissues to vibrate, which leads to a comforting yet slight increase in temperature in the targeted area. This heating effect can help increase blood flow, relax muscles, and promote the healing process. Tissue Response: The targeted tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments, can respond to the thermal effect by increasing blood flow, which in turn can promote tissue relaxation, reduce pain, and accelerate the healing of damaged tissues.
Benefits: Ultrasound Therapy can be used to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. It can also help in accelerating the healing process in conditions such as muscle strains, joint sprains, and soft tissue injuries. Moreover, it can improve flexibility and promote tissue repair.
The specific parameters of the ultrasound, including intensity, duration, and frequency, should be carefully adjusted based on the patient's condition and the treatment goals.
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