What Is an Ultrasound Used For & How Ultrasound Therapy Works

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasounds are really only needed where there is a medical problem. Ultrasound therapy has been used as a non-invasive technique to treat a wide range of illnesses over the past 90 years. Often it is used to treat swelling, especially if the swelling is spread over even a larger than normal area. It can also be used in phonophoresis, which is where medication is given without injecting through the skin.

  • What is ultrasound Therapy?

Medical ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging procedure or clinical use of ultrasound. It is used to construct an impression of internal body systems such as tendons, muscles, ribs, blood vessels, and internal organs. Its goal is always to identify a cause of disease or to rule out pathology. The method of testing pregnant women utilizing ultrasound is called obstetric ultrasound which has been the early growth implementation of clinical ultrasound. It is also known as diagnostic sonography or ultrasound.

  • What are the ultrasound therapy benefits?

The waves emitted across the body have many widely acceptable advantages, making ultrasound treatment ideal for a wide variety of problems. As well as ventilation and muscle relaxation, ultrasound treatment breaks down scar tissue and increased local blood supply. All of this helps to improve the rate of recovery in the region, making it an effective way to speed up sluggish or chronic recovery.

  • What are some common uses of this ultrasound?

Although the several advantages of ultrasound are so vast, it could be used for a wide range of issues. Typically, however, it is reserved for issues with swollen muscles, particularly when time is a healing factor. Heating and relaxing advantages help to relieve muscle pain, while increased flow to the affected area will result in more lymph passage.

Lymph is a transparent fluid that brings white blood cells in the body that battles infection, facilitates healing, and eliminates excess fluid. Together all these three causes make it a very efficient method of treating swelling and inflammation, not only of the muscles but also of the joints and ligaments. Problems such as tendonitis, non-acute swelling of the joint, and chronic inflammation are among the most common.

  • Ultrasound is used to help clinicians identify conditions such as:
  • Pressure
  • Swelling up
  • Infection 
  • Imaging is a reliable means of examining the vital organs, but not limited to:
  • Pelvic screening
  • Scans of birth
  • Abdominal scan
  • And others. 
  • How does ultrasound therapy work?

Ultrasound is done using a computer that has an ultrasound transducer. A tiny quantity of gel is added to the body part; then the physical therapist keeps moving the sound head in a specific clockwise pattern to the neck. The therapist can adjust the settings of the ultrasound unit to monitor the depth of ultrasound penetration or to adjust the strength of the ultrasound. Various systems are used for different healing time ranges.

Alternative types of ultrasound treatment are required where the body part is bone and bumpy or if the wound is open.

Your physical therapist can use ultrasound gel along with topical medications to help relieve soft tissue inflammation in your body. This is a method called phonophoresis. Although there is some evidence that ultrasound wave’s aid distribute the medicated gel to the damaged tissues, several tests have found that this procedure can be unsuccessful.

  • What do you feel after ultrasound therapy?

Some people may experience a gentle pulse during ultrasound therapy, and others may feel a strong pressure on the skin. However, people can feel nothing other than the cold gel that has been added to the skin. In rare cases, if the skin is too sensitive to touch, you can experience pain when the ultrasound applicator moves through.

  • Contact the Experts:

Experts personnel will be delighted to respond to questions and direct patients through the Ultrasound planning process. And automated X-ray equipment is used to provide accurate and timely assessments to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care. The whole Imaging Department is officially accredited through Accreditation Canada.


About author: The Queen Elizabeth Health Complex is a not-for-profit community-led organization which works in partnership with others to promote and preserve the health and well-being of all members of the community. We provide services like – ultrasound, X-ray, radiology etc.