Do you suffer from inflammation from injuries (sprains, tendinitis, bursitis)? Grandview Health Partners is a leading chiropractic clinic for therapeutic ultrasound treatment in Chicago. We offer several treatment options including a natural solution to relieve and manage inflammation and local swelling.
Understanding inflammation and swelling and how it affects you may help you relieve and manage it with routine chiropractic care at our clinic.
Chiropractors using Therapeutic Ultrasound Techniques in Chicago IL
What is therapeutic ultrasound?
Ultrasound therapy or US is the use of sound waves to treat medical problems, especially musculoskeletal problems like inflammation from injuries (sprains, tendinitis, bursitis). US treatment uses sound waves above the range of human hearing to interact with tissues in the body to increase local blood flow, reduce inflammation and local swelling.
The most common conditions treated with ultrasound include soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis, non-acute joint swelling and muscle spasm. Most muscle and ligament injuries can benefit from therapeutic ultrasound.
Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in:
- healing rates
- tissue relaxation
- tissue heating
- local blood flow
- scar tissue breakdown.
How Does an Ultrasound Work?
Ultrasound is applied using the head of an ultrasound probe that is placed in direct contact with your skin via a transmission coupling gel. The ultrasound waves are generated within the head of the probe. The ultrasound waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local soft tissues. This vibration or cavitation can cause a deep heating locally though usually no sensation of heat will be felt by the patient. In situations where a heating effect is not desirable, such as a fresh injury with acute inflammation, the ultrasound can be pulsed rather than continuously transmitted.
How does ultrasound feel?
While you are receiving an ultrasound treatment, you will most likely not feel anything happening, except perhaps a slight warming sensation or tingling around the area being treated. If the ultrasound sound head is left in place on your skin and not moved in a circular direction, you may experience pain. If this were to happen, tell your doctor right away.
Added benefits of ultrasound therapy:
Deep heating can be used to increase the length of muscles and tendons that may be tight. If you have shoulder pain and have been diagnosed with a frozen shoulder, your doctor may use ultrasound to help improve the extensibility of the tissues around your shoulder prior to performing range of motion exercises. This may help improve the ability of your shoulder to stretch.
If you have a condition that results in pain or limited functional mobility, give us a call at Grandview Health Partners. We may use ultrasound to help with your rehab program. If so, knowing what ultrasound is and how it is used can help you fully understand your entire rehab program.
If you want to see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, please contact our chiropractors for therapeutic ultrasound treatment in Chicago to get the appropriate treatment for you. Call or contact us today to schedule an appointment.