Marshfield Chiropractor

Chiropractic UltrasoundMarshfield, WI

As a therapeutic modality, ultrasound is a form of heat therapy for soft tissue injuries to minimize swelling and pain, reduce muscle spasms, and expand 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 boost the mending process.

Ultrasound is administered gently with a handheld soundhead, that uses strokes or circles over the affected area. An ultrasound gel might be administered during the ultrasound therapy session. The role of an ultrasound is to speed up your healing process and reduce your pain.

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Common Injuries Treated with Ultrasound

Usually, orthopedic injuries are treated with ultrasound. These may include:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sprains and ligament injuries
  • Joint contracture or tightness
  • Generally speaking, any soft-tissue injury in the body may be a candidate for ultrasound therapy. We use ultrasound for low back pain, neck pain, rotator cuff tears, knee meniscus tears, or ankle sprains.

    Ultrasound for Chronic Pain

    There is some evidence that if you have chronic pain, you may benefit from ultrasound treatments. It is thought that the ultrasound waves help improve tissue extensibility and circulation, leading to increased mobility and, ultimately, decreased pain. Ultrasound may not work for everyone, but it is worth a try if you have chronic, unremitting pain. Some people may argue that the benefit of ultrasound for chronic pain is due to the placebo effect. But if it gives you relief then it is the right treatment for you.

    Research Studies

    In one study, the adding of ultrasound to exercise therapy for lumbar spinal stenosis relief decreased the amount of analgesic usage by the patients.