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What is Therapeutic Ultrasound?

Therapeutic ultrasound, commonly known as ultrasound therapy, is a non-invasive, drug-free procedure used in physical therapy to promote tissue healing and treat various chronic pain conditions. Ultrasound therapy provides deep heating to soft tissues in the body, including muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments, and thereby reduce the pain and inflammation of the affected area. Therapeutic ultrasound is different from diagnostic ultrasound, which the health care providers use to see inside of the body.

HPFY offers a comprehensive selection of ultrasound therapy units and accessories like ultrasound gel, gel warmers, and sound head applicators from leading manufacturers like Chattanooga, Fabrication Enterprises, etc.

Safety Precautions!

During treatment, the transducer (ultrasound applicator head) should be kept moving slowly, angled at 90 degrees to the treatment area. If the applicator remains in one place for a longer time, there is a chance of burning the tissues and blood vessels underneath.

Who would benefit from Ultrasound Therapy Device?

Therapeutic ultrasound can treat a wide variety of conditions. It is not limited to one specific disease or region of pain. Following are the some of the common conditions that ultrasound therapy helps treat, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis 
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sprains and strains
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fractures 
  • Sports injuries
  • Myofascial pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Scar tissue pain & many more

How does Ultrasound Physical Therapy work?

Ultrasound has been used in physiotherapy to treat a wide variety of ailments for over 50 years. The therapeutic ultrasound machine sends an electric current through crystals found in the ultrasound probe. The probe vibrates and produces ultrasonic waves. The sound waves cannot be heard, but they are able to travel through the skin and to tissues. The ultrasound provides heat to the deep tissues and promotes healing of the injured body part. If your physical therapist thinks that heat may be required to treat your condition, ultrasound is a good choice to use.

What are the types of Ultrasound Therapy?

Therapeutic ultrasound is categorized into two types, thermal and mechanical. Both use sound waves produced by a transducer head to penetrate soft tissues. The difference between the two types is the rate at which the sound waves penetrate the tissues.

Thermal Ultrasound Therapy

The sound waves generated by the transducer result in small vibrations in the deep tissue molecules, increasing heat and friction. The heating effect increases metabolism at the cellular level, which encourages healing in soft tissues. Thermal ultrasound therapy treats myofascial pain, soft tissue pain, muscle strain or sprain, and other musculoskeletal issues. Sometimes, this therapy is used to treat advanced problems like prostate cancer, uterine fibroids, and skin problems.

Mechanical Ultrasound Therapy

Mechanical ultrasound is also known as cavitation ultrasound therapy. The sound waves created by the ultrasound machine cause slight vibrations in the soft tissue that lead to forming of tiny gas bubbles. The expansion and contraction of these gas bubbles help reduce the inflammatory response, thus decreasing pain and swelling.

Benefits of using a Home Ultrasound Machine

One can reap several benefits while using a therapeutic ultrasound machine. Ultrasound therapy machine helps:

  • Reduces pain
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Improves range of motion and movement
  • Facilitates tissue healing
  • Helps treat surgical wounds
  • Aids in muscle relxation
  • Breaks up the scar tissue and promotes the healing process

How is Therapeutic Ultrasound performed?

  • First, the therapist will select a small area of the skin closest to the site of pain or injury.
  • Then the therapist will inspect the skin for any wounds, lesions, infections, or burns. 
  • If the skin is clear, PT will apply hypoallergenic gel or cream such as Aquasonic 100 ultrasonic gel to the transducer head or the skin.
  • The gel helps keep air from coming between the skin and the probe and helps penetrate the ultrasound waves to the tissues.
  • During the ultrasound therapy treatment, the therapist will continually glide the transducer head over and around the affected area for about 10 minutes.
  • Depending on your specific condition, the intensity or power of ultrasound is adjusted.
  • The treatment is typically performed not more than once per day.

Contraindications for Ultrasound Therapy

Therapeutic ultrasound should not be used on these body parts and conditions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Over broken skin, lesions, or healing fractures
  • Around the eyes, breasts, or sexual organs
  • Recent history of venous thrombosis
  • People who have implants like pacemakers
  • Malignant or cancerous tissue
  • Severely ischemic tissue
  • Acute infections

What should I look for when buying a Portable Ultrasound Machine?

Quality

The beam non-uniformity ratio (BNR) helps determine the quality of the home ultrasound machine. This ratio indicates how the beam energy generated by the device can be sent to different body parts. Higher will be the quality of the machine with low BNR.

Radiating area

The portion of the sound head that produce sound waves is the effective radiating area (ERA). In general, the ERA is smaller than the transducer area. While buying an ultrasound machine, consider its ERA to get targeted therapy.

Frequency

The acoustic energy produced from the machine depends on its frequency to allow the body tissues to absorb the energy and speed up the healing process. In general, the ultrasound machine with higher frequencies makes the body absorb the energy easily and quickly compared to the machines with lower frequencies.

Adjustability

An ultrasound therapy machine is likely to be used by different people. It is best to purchase a device that offers numerous adjustable parameters. You can conveniently alter the treatment parameters to get the desired effect and reap maximum benefits.

Carrying case

Some portable ultrasound machines come with easy to carry protective carrying case. Having a carrying case will make it easy to carry or transport the device with all accessories. Additionally, you can conveniently store the device while not in use. Pain Management Premium Portable Ultrasound Machine comes with a hard carrying case.

Where to buy Best Home Ultrasound Therapy Machine online?

Health Products For You offers a wide range of ultrasound therapy machines for pain relief from our esteemed vendors like Dynatronics, Compass Health Brands, Pain Management Technologies, etc., at affordable prices. HPFY is a customer-centric online medical supplies store dedicated exclusively to providing you with quality products for your health-related concerns. Shop today and avail of exciting offers and discounts.

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