The use of electrical energy in therapy is known as electrotherapy. In the medical field, a variety of medications, including electrical devices or stimulators, can be used in electrotherapy. Since ultrasound (US) is a mechanical energy source rather than an electrical one, it is technically not electrotherapy at all but is included in the category of electro-physical agents. Sound waves are mechanical vibrations that occur at various frequencies, and some frequencies can be used to increase blood flow to soft tissue areas in the body. Ultrasound treatment can be used to help treat a wide range of things, including:
The main types of ultrasound treatment therapy are thermal ultrasound and mechanical ultrasound. In thermal ultrasound, the wand vibrates and heats the muscles and skin. Stretch discomfort, soft tissue pain, and other issues of the skeleton and muscle tissue can be treated using thermal ultrasound. It can also be modified to treat more serious conditions like prostate cancer, skin conditions, and uterine fibroids. In mechanical ultrasound, also referred to as cavitation ultrasound, the ultrasound waves produce pressure differences in tissue fluids that cause bubbles to develop. These bubbles interact with solid objects, explode, and send shockwaves out in all directions. Kidney stones can be broken down and made easier to remove with these shockwaves, among other things.
Numerous medical conditions can be treated with ultrasound technology. But the most typical application is for treating issues with muscle tissue. The ultrasound's heating impact helps to treat muscle discomfort and lessens persistent irritation. Additionally, ultrasound physical therapy improves the flow of tissue fluids, which results in more lymph moving through the damaged tissues. White blood cells are moved around the body by lymph, a vital fluid. So, in this way, ultrasound aids in faster healing and infection-fighting.
Complications from ultrasound physical therapy are extremely unlikely. However, prolonged exposure to low-intensity ultrasound might result in superficial skin burns. So, when the ultrasonic probe comes in contact with your skin, doctors normally make sure that it is moving. Due to the shockwaves it creates, cavitation ultrasound treatment can sometimes cause moderate discomfort. Your doctor will give you a sedative or anesthetic to treat this issue and manage the pain messages. Depending on how long the operation takes and how long you were exposed to the shockwave therapy, internal bleeding and scarring can also occasionally happen.
There are a few situations in which ultrasound might not be a good option. For example, Problems close to a pregnant woman's womb are not treated with therapeutic ultrasonography since doing so could endanger the unborn child. Additionally, it is typically avoided when applied to the spine, eyes, pacemakers, other implants, and regions that are infected. These issues will be addressed during your consultation, and it is important that you are as up-front and honest as possible when discussing your issues with our therapists. Failure to do so can result in improper treatment, or even injury in some rare cases.
You should put on loose-fitting, comfortable attire the day of the therapy. The technician performing the treatment will often check the region without requiring you to remove your clothes or wear a gown, though. The technician will check the epidermis for any infections, burns, or open wounds before beginning the therapy. The specialist will use a neutral gel or cream on your skin if it is clear. In addition to preventing air from getting between your skin and the wand, this will aid in the transmission of ultrasound waves to the damaged tissue. The technician will next apply ultrasound to your skin for roughly 10 minutes.
According to studies, ultrasound has therapeutic benefits when correctly applied to patients who are candidates for the procedure in a clinical environment. Typically, therapeutic ultrasonography has no negative side effects. However, if it is used incorrectly, it could be harmful. If the therapist continuously moves the wand during ultrasound treatment, there is no discomfort. The wand can, however, become painful if it is kept still for a long period of time. However, don't be shocked if the only sensation you have is the chilly gel on your skin. You can experience discomfort as the transducer head passes over if the area being treated is particularly sensitive to touch. If there is any discomfort, let the therapist know.
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