Ultrasound can be used on both chronic and acute conditions and is commonly used in the rehabilitation of muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, haematomas and swelling. High frequency sound waves are focused around the site of an injury by gently moving an ultrasonic head over the affected area. When applied to the various soft tissue structures of the human body it is a very soothing and gentle but effective form of physiotherapy treatment which is very beneficial in a wide range of medical conditions such as muscle strains, joint and ligament injuries.
There are three primary benefits:
- Speed up of the healing process
- Decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling
- Gentle massage to the tissue being treated and management of scar tissue
Therapeutic ultrasound is rarely used in isolation and provides a useful adjunct to other treatments facilitating and improving recovery from injury.