Ultrasound Therapy and Physical Therapy: What Patients Should Know
For patients who experience chronic pain, which is pain that lasts 12 weeks or longer, physical therapy is often an effective treatment. Fortunately, there are many different elements that can be used throughout physical therapy to treat various pain conditions. Ultrasound therapy has been found to be effective in treating chronic pain conditions, like trigeminal neuralgia symptoms, and can be used alongside physical therapy. So let’s take a closer look at how ultrasound therapy and physical therapy can be used together.
There are several conditions that therapeutic ultrasound therapy can be used to treat. Some common soft-tissue injuries ultrasound can be used for include:
- Muscle tears
- Joint tightness
- Ligament tears
Ultrasound therapy is generally used to administer deep heating through ultrasound waves. The heating effect helps to repair soft tissue by stimulating circulation. This can work for muscles, tendons, ligaments, or even nerves in the case of treating trigeminal neuralgia symptoms. Furthermore, using ultrasound waves to increase temperature can also help manage pain.
This is why ultrasound therapy can be great alongside physical therapy. When ultrasound waves administer the right levels of heat, muscles and tendons can be relaxed — meaning they are easier to move, especially after an injury or significant damage. Ultrasound therapy can be used before and after range of motion activities to help increase mobility overall. Physical therapists can help suggest when ultrasound treatments should be used during the healing process.
Along with administering deep heat treatments, ultrasound therapy can also help stimulate energy in the treatment areas. By causing tiny gas bubbles that grow and shrink quickly around the treatment area, healing may go quicker. This process should only be used by experienced physical or ultrasound therapists.
For patients who are looking for further treatment than just physical therapy, ultrasound therapy may be a beneficial add-on treatment for pain. Whether it’s for recovering from an injury, increasing mobility after surgery, or treating a chronic pain condition, ultrasound therapy can be extremely effective.
If you’re interested in hands free ultrasound devices, call Nanovibronix Inc. today. Our products can help manage chronic pain conditions, like trigeminal neuralgia, from the comfort of your home.