The role of ultrasound in physiotherapy
When most people think of ultrasound they usually imagine the type that produces images of the inside of the body, such as with monitoring the health of a developing baby in the womb. This differs to the therapeutic ultrasound that Physiotherapists have been using since the 1940s to enhance treatments.
Therapeutic ultrasound works by emitting ultrasound waves that cause the vibration of soft tissues, which increases blood flow to the localized area, as directed by the head of an ultrasound probe. The increased blood flow can help to reduce swelling and chronic inflammation in the area, and has also been shown in certain studies to promote healing of fractured bone.
Ultrasound can also be used to assist in the administration of medications via the skin. It works by forcing the medication into the underlying tissues through the use of the ultrasonic energy. Certain medications that would usually require an injection may also be administered through this technique. It can also further enhance the application of topical anti-inflammatory medications, such as cortisone.
Other benefits of therapeutic ultrasound include improved:
- Localized blood circulation
- Rates of healing
- Tissue relaxation
- Scar tissue breakdown
There are contraindications to the use of ultrasound, such as metal implants in the underlying treatment area, local acute infection and vascular abnormalities, among a number of others.
If you feel that ultrasound could be of assistance to you, come and see one of our highly experienced Hoppers Physios. With training in the latest techniques and a comprehensive understanding of how the body moves as well as why pain and injury occur – we’re the best team to help you. Contact us on (03) 9749 5110, and schedule your appointment today!