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Treat Muscle Injuries with Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound machines may be familiar to you in that the equipment is commonly used during pregnancy in order to provide an internal image of the baby. However, there are other treatment and medical advantages to using an ultrasound machine. It can also be used in physiotherapy. By producing a high frequency sound wave, it can effectively treat muscle and tissue injures. The frequency is directed towards the injury, causing the body to increase its response to reproduce tissue.   It is the body’s natural process of healing itself.

The Ultrasound Therapy Procedure

While using ultrasound therapy (muscle health) the produced frequency can vary some, depending on where in the body the injury is and the extent of the injury. The necessary frequency is set and then an ultrasonic aqueous gel or water is applied to the area of the skin where the ultrasound equipment will be placed. This makes it easier for the sound to travel through the skin and penetrate the tissue. The sound head is then placed onto the body and is slowly, yet continuously moved around the area to make sure accurate coverage is accomplished.

Various Kinds of Treatments

There are many different injuries suitable for ultrasound therapy (muscle health). Some of the injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Muscle spasm

  • Contusions

  • Ligament sprains

  • Muscle strains

When the ultrasound is directed towards the injury, it helps boost the metabolic rate while increasing blood flow. This boosts the level of nutrients delivered to the injury, which in turn allows it to heal faster. However, ultrasound does have its limitations. There are certain circumstances it will not work properly. For example, if the skin is burned or there are malignancies, a cardiac pacemaker or the injury is behind the eye. Additionally, the injury must be a sprain and not a tear. If the muscle or ligament is detached a different medical procedure is needed to fuse the tissue or ligament back to the connecting points.

The Experience You Need

When it comes to treating your injury, it all comes down to experience. You need a team of professional physiotherapists who can work with you in correcting and treating whatever condition you have. With over 150 years of combined experience, Burrard Physiotherapy can provide you with the experience and knowledge you need when helping you treat injuries. Contact them today!

Burrard Physiotherapy
Suite702
1190 Hornby Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K5

(Corner of Hornby and Davie
above the BG cafe)
Tel: 604.684.1640

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