What is ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound is a physical therapy treatment for tendon and ligament injuries. It allows tendon injuries to heal more rapidly, and it promotes collagen fiber formation to maximize the long-term strength of the tendon. It also helps control the pain associated with arthritic joints.
Why use ultrasound therapy to treat dogs?
Veterinary doctors are now using many of the same physical therapies successfully used to treat humans. Health experts have employed ultrasound as a healing modality for humans for over sixty years. Veterinarians began using ultrasound to treat dogs about twenty years ago. Extensive research confirms its benefits.
How does ultrasound work?
Ultrasound therapy uses an ultrasound probe to send high-energy sound waves into desired tissues. As the tissues absorb the waves, they are converted to heat. In that sense, ultrasound therapy works very similarly to heat therapy.
Which conditions are normally treated with ultrasound?
Some of the most common conditions include:
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Muscular back pain
- Wound healing and reduction of scar tissue
- Pain and muscle spasms
- Reduction of swelling
What are the benefits of ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound effectively treats joint conditions and soft tissue injuries by decreasing swelling, promoting the healing of sores and surgical wounds, and reducing scar tissue around joints. Thus, joints can work more effectively, employing full range of motion. It also improves circulation, thereby increasing the pliability of muscles, ligaments and tendons.
How do I know if my dog will benefit from ultrasound therapy?
A veterinary evaluation is necessary to determine the involved tissue and stage of tissue healing before treatment begins. Since the effects depend on the power and frequency applied, ultrasound application requires skilled practitioners.
Why use ultrasound therapy in place of drug treatment?
Most dogs benefit from drug free alternatives. These treatments relax them and make them feel good, and, in turn, enhance their performance with fewer injuries.