What is Therapeutic Ultrasound?
Physical Therapists have a special treatment called “Therapeutic Ultrasound”. It is a process in which the therapists transfer the sound waves which the human ear can’t hear, above 20 kilohertz, into the body of the human being. These sound waves can be used to cure any individual part of the body in isolation. It can help in the relief of pain in the affected region. It can also speed up the recovery process.
The Benefits of Therapeutic Ultrasound
- Targeted relief of pain in affected area.
- Speeds up Recovery Process.
- Stimulates Blood Flow.
- Non-invasive and localised.
Application of Therapeutic Ultrasound
Ultrasound is normally applied by use of a small metal treatment head which emits the ultrasonic beam. This is moved continuously over the skin for approximately 3-5 mins. Such physiotherapy treatments may be repeated 1-2 times daily in more acute injuries and less frequently in chronic cases.
Ultrasound dosage can be varied either in intensity or frequency of the ultrasound beam. Simply speaking lower frequency application provides a greater depth of penetration and so is used in cases where the injured tissue is suspected to be deeply situated. Conversely, higher frequency doses are used for structures that are closer to the surface of skin.
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