WHAT ARE THERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND TREATMENTS?
You may have heard of ultrasound imaging that is used to see structures inside the body like a developing fetus or the heart. Therapeutic ultrasound is based on the same technology and used by hand therapists to treat chronic pain and promote tissue healing.
HOW DOES THERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND WORK?
The ultrasound machine connects to a handheld device called a transducer which is placed by the therapist against the skin overlying the area to be treated. Ultrasonic sound waves are transmitted through the skin and into the deep tissues (muscles, ligaments). The energy from these sound waves causes warming of the deep tissues which is thought to enhance blood flow to the tissues and promote healing.
WHAT TYPES OF HAND AND WRIST PROBLEMS MAY BENEFIT FROM THERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND?
Here are some of the common problems that may benefit from therapeutic ultrasound.
- Overuse Injuries
- Muscle strains
- Painful Scar Tissue
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This content is not a substitute for expert medical advice or diagnosis and is for educational purposes only.