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Therapeutic ultrasound is the use of sound waves that are passed through tissue creating certain physiological effects.  Though the handheld probe looks similar to a diagnostic ultrasound probe (ie the ones doctors use to see a fetus) this unit operates at a different frequency and does not receive information back like the diagnostic ultrasound.   Therapeutic ultrasound used together with medication is termed phonophoresis.  Phonophoresis delivers the medication through the skin, which allows the delivery at the local level, reducing side effects related to oral or injectable delivery.  

The uses of therapeutic ultrasound include:

  • Increasing circulation
  • Increasing contractility of muscle fibers (to increase range of motion)
  • Decreasing scar tissue 
  • Decreasing pain and muscle spasm
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Accelerating wound healing

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Fri: 8am-5pm
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