One frequently used modality to assist patients’ recovery is ultrasound.
What is ultrasound? What does it do for physical therapy?
Using sound waves, ultrasound generates a therapeutic deep heat inside the body that increases blood flow, tissue extensibility/healing, and scar tissue breakdown. It also helps reduce swelling and chronic inflammation.
For patients, the sound waves are inaudible, and any detectable heat is felt through a warm gel applied to the skin to facilitate an easy glide and heat transmission for the ultrasound head into the affected area.
As part of a successful recovery, I feel patients need to understand not only the importance of their participation in their healing, but how and why their individual treatment plan contributes to their overall goal of feeling better.