What Is It?
Ultrasound therapy uses a small circular applicator to deliver high-frequency sound waves into your body. Before treatment, a gel is applied to your skin to help transmit these waves to the injured tissues below. You will not hear or feel ultrasound waves – only the gentle massage of the applicator rubbing your skin. Ultrasound is thought to improve blood flow, speed healing, and reduce pain & swelling.
Some of the conditions that can be improved using ultrasound are caused by inflammation or calcification of tissues that would normally be soft, these include calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, heel spurs, Achilles’ tendinitis, tennis/golfer’s elbow, and plantar fasciitis. There is also some good evidence that ultrasound can be used to improve the rate at which fractures heal.