How Ultrasound Therapy Works to Promote Injury Rehabilitation

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Ultrasound therapy has been practiced in the U.S. for over 50 years. The premise behind ultrasound is simple, but the results are surprisingly effective for many people. Your doctor at WolMed applies a wand to the surface of your skin, and this wand directs low-level sound waves into the injured part of your body where the waves interact with the cells improving blood flow in the area. This is similar to giving every cell in the area its own personal massage, and the results can be quite astounding.

Let's look at some of the specific ways ultrasound therapy promotes healing.

Inflammation reduction

Your immune system uses inflammation to rush white blood cells to an area in order to fight infection, but in the case of chronic inflammation, the immune response continues long after the initial injury has healed, leading to joint and other tissue damage. In these cases, inflammation is no longer a healing agent but a barrier to healing and a great source of pain. Ultrasound therapy can ease inflamed tissues instantly when applied by your doctor, and, over time, as the area begins to heal, the residual inflammation often diminishes as well.

Scar tissue breakdown

When a part of your body heals, the new tissue is not the same as the tissue that was damaged. Especially in the case of tendons and ligaments, this scar tissue may impact:

Breaking down existing scar tissue using ultrasound therapy will help the body generate new, healthier cells in the area.

Wound healing

Non-contact ultrasound therapy can significantly increase wound healing, even in diabetics where wounds are often slow to heal and prone to infection. One study among diabetic participants showed a healing rate of 17.3 days versus 24 days in the control group, representing a 28% reduction in healing time.

Pain reduction

One of the most notable benefits of ultrasound therapy in relation to injury rehabilitation is pain reduction. After an injury, many people find themselves in a "Catch 22." They need to start moving to promote healing in the injured area, but pain makes it hard to move and keep moving. By increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation — and, therefore, the pain — you can start getting your function and range-of-motion back sooner. In the process, you'll naturally increase blood flow and further healing in the area.

Dr. Wolski uses ultrasound therapy to relieve pain and inflammation caused by:

These painful and persistent conditions can last years or a lifetime if left untreated, but by focusing the ultrasonic waves into the area, your doctor at WolMed can help you get back to work, sports, hobbies, and life faster

Fracture healing

In order for a fracture to heal, many cellular processes must come together perfectly to rejoin disconnected tissues and return the integrity of the bone to its pre-fractured state — but not all fractures heal properly. The slightest misalignment or miscalculation on the part of the human body's natural healing systems can lead to a poorly healed fracture. Ultrasound may improve the fracture healing process by improving how the repair cells attach to the healing matrices created during the fracture healing process.

Medication administration

Ultrasound therapy can also be used to "diffuse" medication into a certain part of the body. As the sound waves work their way through the cells, a topically applied medication can hitch a ride deeper into the tissues where it can do its intended work.

Promote injury rehabilitation with ultrasound therapy

You want proper healing with less pain, but sometimes the body needs a little help. You need to get back in the game. Having ultrasound therapy helps you get back in the game faster. Contact WolMed today to schedule an appointment.

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