What Does Therapeutic Ultrasound Do?
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a supportive therapy applied to the skin with a clinical ultrasound unit and conductive gel to treat soft tissue injuries. The unit delivers sound waves that pass through the outer layer of the skin and are directed at an injured area. It is a painless treatment that creates a warming of the tissues. Goals of therapeutic ultrasound are to increase blood flow to the area, reduce inflammation and swelling, and improve healing.
Ultrasound is used by chiropractors, sports medicine doctors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers typically for soft tissue injuries.
What Does Electrotherapy Do?
Electrotherapy is a supportive therapy and commonly known as interferential, low volt EMS, high volt EMS, Russian stimulation, or TENS. These are all simply different forms of electrotherapy that deliver mild currents at different wavelengths and patterns. It has several desired physiological effects that include relieving pain and swelling as well as reducing muscle tightness and spasms.
Electrotherapy is used by chiropractors, sports medicine doctors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers typically for soft tissue injuries.
When is Therapeutic Ultrasound and Electrotherapy Used?
Therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherpy are supportive treatments used mostly in the treatment of acute injuries. They’re not significantly effective when used as stand-alone therapies or when used on a long-term basis. These treatments can be effective in relieving acute pain or injury when significant pain makes other primary treatments difficult.