Advanced Physical Therapy

phonophoresis - ultrasound

Ultrasound Therapy

What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound machines make sound waves that are too high for the human ear to hear. These sound waves travel through the skin and into the body. Gel is used between the sound head of the ultrasound machine and the skin to help the sound waves enter your body.

How does ultrasound work?

Ultrasound waves create the effect of deep heat in your muscles and joints. The deep heat of ultrasound increases the blood flow to the area being treated. This blood brings nutrients and carries away waste. This helps to promote healing and decreases swelling.

How does ultrasound help you?

Ultrasound helps to:

  • Decrease swelling
  • Relieve pain and/or muscle spasms
  • Promote healing
  • Relieve tightness in the body tissues
  • Prepare the muscle or joint for stretching or exercise

What are the common uses of ultrasound?

Ultrasound is commonly used for the following conditions:

  • Tendinitis, bursitis
  • Pain in the muscles or joints
  • Tightness in muscles or joints
  • Wound healing

What can I expect during treatment?

  • Ultrasound feels warm, but should not feel hot or uncomfortable.
  • Let your therapist know if you are feeling a sensation of heat, pinpricking, or burning.
  • Please tell your therapist if you have a demand type pacemaker.
  • Please feel free to ask your therapist questions you have about this treatment.
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