Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound is a physiotherapy treatment that can be used as part of an overall rehabilitation program. It is usually applied before exercising or stretching since its therapeutic heating effects allow the tissue to stretch and gain greater range for more effective exercise. Even the non-thermal effects of Ultrasound are best initiated before exercise, since these waste products can be dissipated and cell diffusion increased. Ultrasound is effective before manual physiotherapy techniques because of its thermal effects on the joint and its surrounding soft tissue.

What does Ultrasound do?

Ultrasound is a form of mechanical energy consisting of high frequency sound waves. There are both thermal and non-Thermal effects to Ultrasound.

Non-Thermal Effects of Ultrasound Therapy:

  • Tissue Regeneration
  • Soft Tissue Repair
  • Bone Repair
  • Decrease muscle spasms and pain
  • Reduce Swelling
  • Increase in Protein Synthesis

Thermal Effects of Ultrasound Therapy Include:

  • Increase range of motion in scar tissue and contracted joint capsule
  • Increase the extensibility of joint adhesions
  • Facilitate healing of tendons Improvement in appearance of scars
  • Decrease muscle spasm and pain

What Conditions Can be Treated with Ultrasound?

  • Any acute or chronic injury
  • Superficial tendonitis (Achilles, patellar, bicipital, etc.)
  • Joint Swelling
  • Bursitis
  • Muscular lesions (Strains, tears, and ruptures, etc.)
  • Hematomas (Acute or Chronic)

What are the Contraindications of Ultrasound?

  • In specialized tissue such as the eye, ears, ovaries, testes, brain and spinal cord
  • Over areas or lumps that may be suspected as precancerous or cancerous
  • During or After (for at least 6 months) radiation cancer treatment
  • Over viscera
  • On pregnant female (in the area of abdomen, pelvis, sacrum or lumbar spine)
  • On patients with cardiac pacemaker
  • On patients with deep vein thrombosis or thrombophlebitis
  • On patients with arteriosclerosis or weakened blood vessels
  • On patients with hemophilia In an area where tissue lacks normal sensation
  • Over ischemic tissue Over carotid sinus or stellate ganglion
  • Over artificial implants (ie: metal pins or rods)

To book an appointment with one of the physiotherapists at The Health Network, please call 519-433-7400. We are open 7 days a week for your convenience and often have same-day appointments available.