Ultrasound has been being used for years. I had it used on my ankles as a high school athlete but we aren’t going to talk about how long ago that was. This is a therapy using sound wave with a frequency greater than 20KHz. The waves will travel through much of the soft tissue without much absorption until reaching tissues with high collagen content. This includes tissues like bone, ligaments, tendons, and bursa. Ultrasound enhances the inflammatory response and tissue repair and heats the underlying soft tissue. Ultrasound facilitates healing in the inflammatory and proliferative phase following soft tissue injury. It also increases the extensibility of the soft tissue, decreases pain perception, increases the metabolic rate, increases blood flow, and stimulates the immune system.
Commonly used for
- Sprains and strains
- Joint Inflammation
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Facet irritation
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Scar tissue adhesion
- Prior to stretching at tight structure like a tendon, ligament, or scar tissue
- Pain control in chronic pain
- Chronic inflammatory conditions.
The Amarillo chiropractors in our practice have been using ultrasound for years!