Ultrasound Therapy And Its Effects

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Ultrasound therapy is seen as a great way to decrease pain and inflammation for patients in a physical therapy clinic. The objective of this therapy is to warm the tendons, muscle and other tissue to increase blood flow and accelerate healing of the target area area. The ultrasound is applied through the use of a wand or probe that is put in direct contact with ultrasound gel which is on the patient’s skin. Therapeutic ultrasound is generally given in the frequency range of about 0.8-3.0 MHz. The ultrasound produces sound waves that pass through the skin which cause vibration of the local tissues, this can cause a deep heating locally though no sensation of heat will usually be felt by the patient. In situations where a heating effect is…show more content…
In this study, the 3 most common impairments in which ultrasound therapy was used were soft tissue inflammation (83.6%), tissue extensibility (70.9%), and scar tissue remodeling (68.8%). Similarly, 71.1% of the physical therapists interviewed said ultrasound therapy is clinically important for managing tissue extensibility, 62.6% for soft tissue inflammation, and 53% for remodeling scar tissue, (Wong, Schumann, Townsend, & Phelps, 2007). More than half of the physical therapists mention that they use ultrasound to deliver medication for soft tissue inflammation. The findings in this study support the need to further investigate the underlying clinical decision-making factors that contribute to the use of ultrasound by physical therapists and to engage in research that helps answer critical questions about the clinical effectiveness of ultrasounds on patients. Since 2007, more recent studies have been conducted to prove the effectiveness of ultrasound therapy on patients in the physical therapy clinic. A more recent study of this technique by Ebadi, Ansari, Naghdi, Fallah, Barzi, Jalaei, and Bagheri (2013) was aimed to investigate the effect of continuous ultrasound and exercise on the
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