Answers to Ultrasound Therapy FAQ: Part 2
In the first part of this series, we discussed what ultrasound therapy is, how it works, and when ultrasound therapy should and should not be used. In the second part of this series, we’re going to further explore how ultrasound therapy can be used for pain relief and more.
Will I feel anything during ultrasound therapy? During therapy sessions, the physiotherapist will place gel on the targeted area on the body to help the sound waves transfer through the body. Generally, patients do not feel anything during treatment. Sometimes, slight heat or tingling may be felt but overall, this treatment is not painful or uncomfortable at all — unlike other possible treatment options. However, if any pain or discomfort is experienced, the patient should speak up immediately.
Can ultrasound therapy treat trigeminal neuralgia pain? Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic condition that has been studied in neurology for a long time now. TN affects the fifth cranial nerve, the trigeminal, which is one of the most widely distributed nerves in the human head. It is studied in the neurology field because it is related to nerve injury. This very painful condition gives patients a sharp, stabbing sensation generally on one side of their face. There are different severities of this condition and everyone can have different triggers. But there is one commonality: the desire for pain relief. And fortunately, ultrasound therapy can be beneficial in alleviating TN pain. Because the sound waves can be targeted directly towards the damaged nerve, it can be more effective than other treatment options and can actually begin to heal the nerve damage.
Is ultrasound therapy safe? Therapeutic ultrasound has been used for years to treat injuries, chronic pain, and improve overall well being. Currently, there have been no adverse side effects documented with this type of therapy. This is great news, especially compared to some of the unfavorable side effects associated with drug treatments. Overall, ultrasound therapy is completely harmless. Unless it is used when it shouldn’t be, ultrasound therapy has nothing but a positive impact on patients around the world.
Ultrasound therapy is a safe and effective option for treating a variety of conditions. We hope that this series has answered some of your questions and has provided the information you need to speak to your doctor about ultrasound therapy.