Ultrasound therapy is a safe, non-invasive way to relieve pain in your knees, hips, neck, or lower back. At Latronica Chiropractic in Warminster, PA, Dr. Latronica uses the latest ultrasound technology to treat your inflamed tissues and joints. Call today or schedule an appointment online to take the first step toward pain-free living.
What is ultrasound therapy?
A staple of physical therapy since the 1940s, ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to stimulate tissues and promote healing in injured or strained muscles. It’s very effective for treating the inflamed areas around osteoarthritic joints, especially knees and hips. Ultrasound therapy can also relieve some forms of neck and lower back pain.
What conditions can ultrasound therapy treat?
When used in conjunction with other chiropractic techniques, ultrasound therapy can accelerate healing in tissues and joints. It can effectively treat pain resulting from:
- Neck and lower back pain
- Joint swelling from injuries
- Muscle spasms
What happens during an ultrasound session?
Before starting your ultrasound session, Dr. Latronica applies ultrasound gel to the treatment area. This reduces friction, increases your comfort, and helps sound waves penetrate the tissues and joints more effectively.
Using a round-headed ultrasound probe, Dr. Latronica scans your injured or irritated area. The sound waves are high above the range of human hearing, so you won’t be able to detect them.
Beneath your skin, tissues begin vibrating and heating up. The impact is highly localized, however, so you won’t feel any heat or discomfort. As tissues relax and expand, blood flow increases, helping reduce swelling and inflammation.
Most sessions last from three to five minutes, depending on the size of the treated area. There’s no downtime following treatment, and you can resume your normal activities right away.
Is there any reason you shouldn’t get ultrasound therapy?
You should avoid ultrasound therapy if you have any of the following conditions below or near the area being treated:
- Local malignancy
- Acute infection
- Vascular issues
- Metal implants
- Broken bones
- Fresh injury or inflammation
When can you expect pain relief after ultrasound therapy?
You should begin to feel pain relief pretty quickly. Many people see benefits after only two weekly sessions. However, depending on the extent of your injury or condition (such as osteoarthritis), you might need up to eight sessions before getting significant reductions in pain. After Dr. Latronica evaluates you, he provides an individualized treatment schedule.
Call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Latronica at Latronica Chiropractic to experience the deep healing and pain relief that ultrasound can provide.