Ultrasound therapy is a great way to help treat soft tissue injuries and pain associated with things like a sports related accident. If you are suffering from sports related injuries, upper back pain, or arthritis around the knees, then ultrasound therapy might be the perfect tool to help you feel more like yourself again. Read on to learn more about ultrasound therapy.
How Does Ultrasound Therapy Work?
Traditionally when you think of the word “ultrasound” you probably think of a semi-large machine used to view fetal images during pregnancy. And although ultrasounds are in fact used for that purpose, there are also small machines that can be used to help with therapy treatment. By heating up deep tissues with sound waves, ultrasound therapy works to help relax muscles, loosen stiff joints, and increase overall muscle flexibility. Additionally, ultrasound therapy may also help to improve overall circulation by sending oxygen into your muscles, tendons, and tissues.
Types of Ultrasound Therapy
You can come into UTMB Radiology in order to get ultrasound therapy or there are also some at-home, portable devices that you can use as well. Portable ultrasound devices are lightweight and typically come in a compact carrying case. When using this type of device, simply rub the transducer in a circular motion over the targeted area to help relieve any tension or pain.
When Should You Use Ultrasound Therapy?
Ultrasound therapy isn’t for everyone. For instance, if you have any metal plates in your body or if you have had a heart transplant, then you might not be deemed as a suitable candidate. However, after the approval of your physician or one of the experts at UTMB radiology, you can help get the approval you need in order to get started with ultrasound therapy.
As you can see, ultrasound therapy is a great way to help treat things like stiff muscles, joints, or ligaments. If you suffer from pain due to a sports related injury or even arthritis, then you might want to consider getting ultrasound therapy. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact UTMB Radiology today!
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