Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves that penetrate deep into tissues.  Therapeutic ultrasound can be either thermal for a heating effect, or non-thermal (mechanical effect)for acute inflammation. Usually very little or no sensation of heat is felt by the patient.

Therapeutic ultrasound is very effective for treating:

  • Muscle contractures/scar tissue formation

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

  • Bone healing

  • Pain

  • Muscle Spasm

Therapeutic ultrasound works by:

  • Breaking down scar tissue

  • Improving circulation (increases tissue vascularity which helps speed healing)

  • Decreasing pain due to the reduction of the inflammatory injury response and tissue swelling

  • Increasing tissue extensibility

  • Creating a deep heat within muscles to reduce muscle spasm and pain. This is also effective for preparing tissues for manual therapy techniques.

This is not to be confused with diagnostic ultrasound which is what your veterinarian would do as a way to create an image of internal structures to help make diagnoses.  Both are called ultrasound, but each use different frequencies of sound waves to accomplish different aspects of healthcare.  HydroPaws only uses therapeutic ultrasound.