Ultrasound is among those technologies that have exceeded its initial intended use. Primarily developed for providing new imaging techniques, ultrasound has found multiple roles in different forms of therapy. The sound waves produced by the ultrasound device have been found effective in treating numerous medical problems. Their ability to treat conditions related to the musculoskeletal system has helped ultrasound therapy find a place in modern chiropractic care.
Ultrasound Therapy and How It Helps In Chiropractic Care
An innovation in chiropractic care, ultrasound therapy provides additional non-invasive treatment options for your provider. It’s particularly popular among patients seeking a way to find relief without therapy or medication. While ultrasound technology was popularized by its use in monitoring proper development in pregnancy, it’s capable of so much more. Some of the uses that ultrasound therapy has been found to have include:
- Stimulating blood flow
- Decreasing inflammation
- Relaxing tissues
- Reduce the presence of scar tissue
- Improve mobility
- Accelerate recovery from musculoskeletal injuries
- Improve recovery from bone fractures
Pain relief can also be a benefit of ultrasound treatment. One result of enhancing blood flow to a pain site is increased endorphin release. Endorphins both reduce inflammation and counteract the level of pain the patient is experiencing.
Ultrasound therapy is performed in a way that would be familiar to anyone who’s been involved in a pregnancy. You will be made comfortable, and a special conductive gel will be applied to the handheld treatment device. The gel helps to conduct soundwaves more effectively, allowing them to pass through the skin. The soundwaves stimulate the tissues through a series of vibrations. This has been reported to produce a warm tingling sensation in some patients. These sound waves travel through layers of tissues, stimulating each in a way that creates a therapeutic response.
Some common conditions that can benefit from the use of ultrasound therapy include:
- Osteoarthritis: When the cartilage and other structures within a joint begin to degrade, this condition is the result. The bones begin to wear down, creating inflammation and pain in the joint.
- Myofascial pain: The fascia is the connective tissue that covers the muscles. Myofascial pain creates intensely painful sensations in this tissue.
- Bursitis: The bursa is a small, durable sack within the joint that serves to cushion bones and ease movement. When this sac becomes damaged or inflamed, it can cause pain in the muscles, tendons, and bones near the joint.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: Carpal tunnel is an increasingly common condition that frequently occurs in patients who engage in repetitive motions. Tingling, pain, and numbness in the lower arms, wrists, and hands are common symptoms. The most common cause is persistent pressure on the median nerve that travels the length of the arm into the hands.
- Strains and sprains
These are the most common conditions that ultrasound therapy is used to treat in a chiropractic setting.
Speak To Your Chiropractor For More Information
You can find more useful information about ultrasound therapy by scheduling a visit to your chiropractor or wellness provider. They’ll help you understand if it’s appropriate for your condition and how it may be able to help.