As a therapeutic modality, ultrasound is a type of heat treatment for soft tissue damage to reduce swelling and pain, minimize muscle spasms, and expand the range of motion. Creating high frequency sound waves, ultrasound reaches deep into a damaged area, creating heat that draws blood into the area in order to boost the repairing process.
Ultrasound is administered softly with a handheld soundhead, using strokes or circles over the affected area. An ultrasound gel might be applied during the ultrasound therapy session. The role of an ultrasound is to expedite your healing process and relieve your pain.
In one study, the adding of ultrasound to exercise therapy for lumbar spinal stenosis relief decreased the amount of analgesic usage by the patients. (1)
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