Ultrasound is capable of several therapeutic actions depending on the wave length generated by the instrument. One of these is increased healing to injuries involving tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. Ultrasound is capable of providing heat to these injuries and this heat is able to penetrate deeply into body tissues. It improves healing to those injuries that respond to heat therapy; those injuries that need increased circulation to promote healing. The ultrasound is able to provide heat therapy deep into body tissues.
Another type of ultrasound healing is used when new cell growth is needed at a rapid rate. Ultrasound therapy is able to stimulate cell production to a rapid rate with repeated applications. The ultrasound is able to generate bubbles in tissues and these bubbles are able to use the sound waves to increase to
stimulate cell membranes into action. This is able to stimulate the inflammatory response causing more rapid healing from infections and injuries.
Today, with the miniaturization of equipment, you can bring ultrasound therapy into the home. Hand held devices allow you to administer the therapy at home on a regular basis, thus increasing your ability to get well. There are several types of home therapy systems available.
The ultrasound equipment comes with a small machine capable of generating the ultrasound. It comes with a liquid compound which is applied before the treatment area to increase the effect of the ultrasound. The kit also includes instructions and a log to check on the effectiveness of the treatment. One the sound waves are generating, you rub the machine over the area on the skin for the ordered length of time. You need to follow your medical guidelines for the heat, because too much heat can cause more damage to the area you are trying to heal.
These have become used on a regular basis in sports rehabilitation, where it is often important for someone to heal an injury in a hurry. This is one reason athletes seem to heal so much faster than the rest of us. Another reason is in general, athletes really have more efficient constitutions than the rest of us. Sport physical therapy often leads the way for therapies for the rest of us weekend athletes.
Next time you have this type of injury, make sure your doctor and therapists know that you want to try ultrasound therapy to help with your pain and ease your recovery. This is very easy to do at home, but is not always presented as an option to all patients. After all, you deserve to recover just as fast as Eli Manning or Derek Jeter.