Can Therapeutic Ultrasounds
positively effect sports injuries?
The main benefit of therapeutic ultrasound is that it increases a process called cell streaming. Cell streaming is the movement of fluids within the cells of the human body. This process is important because the movement of fluids allows cells to communicate with increased efficiency, thereby speeding up the healing process to the injured tissues.
The Heating & Massaging Effects of Therapeutic Ultrasound Have 3 Primary Benefits In Chiropractic Sports Injuries:
- Ultrasound therapy increases blood flow in the injured area, which speeds the healing process.
- Ultrasound therapy reduces swelling and edema, which can be significant sources of pain.
- Ultrasound waves gently massage the muscles, tendons and/or ligaments in the treated area. This enhances the recovery rate of damaged tissue without adding strain, and softens any scar tissue that is usually present in an injured area.
People who could benefit the most from Therapeutic Ultrasound are those experiencing the following conditions:
- Wrist pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Chronic pain
- Myositis – the inflammation of muscle tissues
- Bursitis – inflammation of the fluid-field pads surrounding joints
- Tendinitis – inflammation of the tissue connecting the muscles to the bones
- Tenosynovitis – the inflammation of the tendon, including the protective sheath that covers it
- Osteoarthritis – the wearing down of cartilage at the end of the bone
- Hamstring injuries
- Shoulder pain
- Running injuries
Additional Benefits of Therapeutic Ultrasound:
- Decreased muscle spasm
- Increased pain threshold
- Increase collagen extensibility resulting in better tolerance of your body’s collagen to stretch
- More efficient nerve conduction
- Increase metabolism of edema and exudates
Are Therapeutic Ultrasound and Diagnostic Ultrasound the same thing?
This question is asked in the office all the time. Can you see my injury with the Therapeutic Ultrasound? The answer is no, we cannot see the injury with Therapeutic Ultrasound. Diagnostic ultrasound VISUALIZES a structure, organ, or injury. This is the type of ultrasound used at 20 weeks to measure the progress of a baby in utero. Therapeutic Ultrasound uses sound waves at a particular length to actually TREAT the tissues beneath the ultrasound head. The use of this therapeutic modality decreases injury healing times by affecting the physiology of the injury at the cellular level.
If you are suffering from a condition that may benefit from therapeutic ultrasound and want to schedule an appointment at our Eden Prairie or Eagan clinic locations, or to discuss your condition with a sports chiropractic physician, contact us or call 952-479-0043 today.