Series 2 - Therapeutic Ultrasound
What Is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is defined as inaudible acoustic vibrations that may produce either thermal or nonthermal physiological effects. When sound scatters and absorbs as it penetrates the tissue, its energy is decreased.
The main piece of equipment for delivering therapeutic ultrasound is a high-frequency generator, which provides an electrical current through a coaxial cable to a transducer contained within an applicator. The crystals in the head of the applicator expand and contract producing oscillations at the same frequency as sound waves.
Indications - Thermal Effects
Indications - Non-Thermal Effects.
Acute injuries require more frequent treatments over a shorter period of time
Chronic conditions require fewer treatments over a longer period of time
Ultrasound should begin as soon as possible after injury to maximize effects on the healing process.
Acute conditions may require treatment once daily for 6-8 days.
Chronic conditions can be used on alternating days for 10-12 treatments.
Arnheim’s Principles of Athletic Training - A Competency Based Approach, William E. Prentice, 12 Edition, 2006, pg 412-415
We offer ultrasound. Book an Athletic Therapy appointment today to determine if ultrasound should be included in your therapeutic treatment.