Ultrasound

Ultrasound

Dealing with chronic pain? Ultrasound therapy can help.

Kiss Aches and Pains Goodbye with Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy may be the remedy to your problem if you have had unexplained aches and pains.

As a specialized physical treatment method that uses mechanical energy to encourage the healing process, ultrasound therapy will help you to recover, regardless of the pain or distress, you’re under. This treatment may be used for pain management or relief, injury treatment, and everyday activity improvement.

Ultrasound therapies may be the best for you if you suffer from pain or a recent injury. Contact our clinic today in Riverhead to schedule an appointment and learn more about this amazing treatment technique!

Is ultrasound therapy right for my condition?

Ultrasound treatments can treat a vast variety of conditions.

Some common conditions that ultrasound helps treat include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprains, strains, and tears
  • Fractures
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen shoulder

Ultrasound treatments help to increase blood flow, relieve pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote the healing of tissues. Because of this, therapy can successfully treat and reduce the painful symptoms of multiple conditions.

What to expect from ultrasound therapy

At your initial appointment in our Riverhead, NY clinic, our physical therapist will conduct a physical exam that will help in the diagnosis of your condition and how it should be treated.

At Island Health Physical Therapy, our highly trained physical therapists will create a treatment plan for your specific symptoms and needs that takes into account your medical history and any additional health restrictions you may have.

This could include treatments, depending on the nature of your condition and contributing symptoms.

How does ultrasound therapy work?

Ultrasound treatments involve the use of sound waves. These sound waves vibrate your tissues, producing friction at the molecular level. This friction causes the temperature of the tissues to increase, which naturally treats conditions affecting the muscles, ligaments, and bones

While heating packs can be effective in warming up an affected area, they are unable to reach the tissues in the same way that ultrasound technology can.

When a treatment is being conducted, our Riverhead physical therapists will use a generous amount of gel on the surface of the ultrasound applicator to minimize friction and promote the transmission of the sound waves. These waves are then absorbed by your tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues resulting in the reduction of pain and increased blood circulation.

Are there different kinds of treatments?

There are two main kinds of ultrasound treatments that work to heal and repair damaged tissues in the body. The first includes the thermal energy benefits and the second includes the non-thermal benefits:

Thermal benefits

The thermal energy (heat) produced during your treatment can loosen up tight muscles and tendons, as well as reduce pain, increase blood circulation, and allow for an easier stretch of the muscles.

Non-thermal benefits

Ultrasound technology also has benefits not related to the transfer of heat.

The energy that enters the body during a treatment creates tiny gas bubbles that gather around the tissues. These bubbles then expand and contract at a rapid pace, which is a process known as cavitation. This can help in repairing any damaged tissue, such as scar tissue or cellulite, and loosening up the muscles.

Want to give ultrasound a try?

Island Health Physical Therapy will get you back to feeling like your best self. If you are suffering from pain or injury, don’t wait any longer. Ask us about our ultrasound therapy treatment options. We’d be happy to assess to see if they are a good fit for your pain condition. Click here to request an appointment at our Riverhead, NY physical therapy clinic today!