Answers to Ultrasound Therapy FAQ: Part 1
Around the world, there are over one billion people who are chronic pain sufferers. And of those chronic pain sufferers, almost 59% say their pain has an impact on their ability to enjoy life. Because of the significant impacts pain can have on a person’s life, many people turn to painkillers or surgery to relieve their pain. Unfortunately, these treatment methods don’t always have the best outcome. One treatment option to provide pain relief is ultrasound therapy. This therapy is becoming more and more popular because of its success and limited side effects. So if you have questions about ultrasound therapy, this two-part series is going to answer them.
What is ultrasound therapy? Many people have a limited understanding of this type of therapy. So what is ultrasound therapy? Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to alleviate pain and soothe inflammation and muscle spasms. Using high-frequency sound waves, the tissue beneath the skin is stimulated and can provide targeted pain relief. This type of therapy adds heat, can help increase blood flow, and can decrease joint pain.
What kind of injuries can ultrasound therapy treat? Because ultrasound therapy uses soundwaves, it can be applied almost anywhere on the body. In doing this, it can help alleviate pain or discomfort from a variety of injuries and conditions. Some common injuries and conditions treated by ultrasound therapy include:
- Ankle sprains
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Knee injuries
- Bone fractures
- Pulled muscles
Are there people who shouldn’t use ultrasound therapy? While ultrasound therapy is generally safe and has been used for a long time now, there are instances where it should not be used. This type of therapy should not be used on women who are pregnant, patients with cardiac pacemakers, children under 18 without a physician’s recommendation, and on patients who have suspected cancerous or precancerous conditions. As with any treatment, a physician should be consulted before using ultrasound therapy.
Hopefully, the first part of this two-part series answered some of your questions regarding ultrasound therapy and pain treatment options. If you still have questions and want to learn even more about this type of therapy, keep an eye out for the second part of this series.