Therapeutic Ultrasound

Do you know what a therapeutic ultrasound is?

Ultrasound is applied using a transducer or applicator that is in direct contact with the patient’s skin. Gel is used on all surfaces of the head to reduce friction and assist transmission of the ultrasonic waves.  Therapeutic ultrasound in physical therapy is alternating sound waves (frequency of 0.7 to 3.3 MHz).  Maximum energy absorption in the soft tissues occurs from 2 to 5 cm.  Intensity decreases as the waves penetrate deeper. They are absorbed primarily by supporting tissues: tendons, ligaments, fascia.

Conditions for which ultrasound may be used for treatment include: scar tissue adhesions,  muscle strains, ligament sprains, bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis and joint inflammation.