ultrasound

Ultrasound has been used as a treatment method for sports injuries by therapists over the last 50 years. Ultrasonic waves (sound waves of a high frequency) are produced by means of mechanical vibration of the metal treatment head of the ultrasound machine. The treatment head is then moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury.

As the ultrasound waves pass from the treatment head into the skin they cause the vibration of the surrounding tissues, particularly those that contain collagen. This increased vibration leads to the production of heat within the tissue. In most cases this cannot be felt by the patient themselves. This increase in temperature may cause an increase in the extensibility of structures such as ligaments, tendons, scar tissue and fibrous joint capsules. In addition, heating may also help to reduce pain and muscle spasm and promote the healing process.

Benefits

Ultrasound therapy is thought to reduce the healing time of certain soft tissue injuries.  
Ultrasound has been used as a treatment method for sports injuries by therapists over the last 50 years. Ultrasonic waves (sound waves of a high frequency) are produced by means of mechanical vibration of the metal treatment head of the ultrasound machine. The treatment head is then moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury.

As the ultrasound waves pass from the treatment head into the skin they cause the vibration of the surrounding tissues, particularly those that contain collagen. This increased vibration leads to the production of heat within the tissue. In most cases this cannot be felt by the patient themselves. This increase in temperature may cause an increase in the extensibility of structures such as ligaments, tendons, scar tissue and fibrous joint capsules. In addition, heating may also help to reduce pain and muscle spasm and promote the healing process

What To Expect

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 minutes. Treatments may be repeated 1-2 times daily for more acute injuries and less frequently in chronic cases.
The Ultrasound dosage can be varied either in intensity or frequency of the Ultrasound beam. 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. Higher frequency doses are used for structures that are closer to the surface of skin.

Its accelerates the normal resolution time of the inflammatory process by attracting more mast cells to the site of injury. This causes an increase in blood flow which can be beneficial in the sub-acute phase of tissue injury, as blood flow is increased.
Ultrasound may also stimulate the production of more collagen, the main protein component in soft tissue such as tendons and ligaments. Hence ultrasound accelerates the proliferative phase of tissue healing.
It assists in the improvement of the extensibility of mature collagen and thus has a positive effect to on fibrous scar tissue which may form after an injury.


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