As a therapeutic modality, ultrasound is a type of heat treatment for soft tissue injuries to decrease swelling and pain, reduce muscle spasms, and increase the range of motion. Making high frequency sound waves, ultrasound penetrates deep into an injured area, creating heat that pulls blood into the area in order to improve the healing process.
Ultrasound is administered gently with a handheld soundhead, using strokes or circles over the pain stricken area. An ultrasound gel may be administered during the ultrasound therapy session. The role of an ultrasound is to speed up your healing time and reduce your pain.
In one study, the adding of ultrasound to exercise treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis relief decreased the amount of analgesic usage by the patients. (1)
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