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ultrasound treatments - any demonstrated benefits at all?

post #1 of 7
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Imagine:

 

You have deep injuries in muscle and other soft  tissue.    Injuries that are sort of healed and sort of not.     Injuries that you *badly* want gone.     Injuries that probably have great gobs of internal scar tissue, that's easy to believe. 

 

 

You are told from various directions about ultrasound (granted, a lot of those sources also offer therapy services, but, hey, they *are* medical or chiropractic professionals, are they not?).

 

They you go online and you read something like this:

 

http://saveyourself.ca/articles/ultrasound.php  which contains such quotes as:

 

"Having spent their hard-earned dollars and endured the discomfort of treatment, patients are more subject to placebo effects—and less willing to entertain the possibility that it was all a waste. At this stage in their quest to feel better, more people will report ambiguous results if they were positive (“Yeah, I think it did some good!”), and even negative reports will often be toned down (“I didn’t seem to get that much out of it, but I guess it works really well for some people.”) This could go on for years."

 

 

What would you think?   

 

What would you do?

 

 

post #2 of 7

I've had the treatment numerous times and on a multitude of injuries. I don't think it's worthwhile.

 

 

Massage(ART/Foam roller etc), Mobility work, heat, caloric surplus, and sleep seem to be what works best for me. 

post #3 of 7
I had them years and years ago. I thought they helped. But I know they're not in style now.
post #4 of 7
I don't know about soft tissue, but when I had a tib-fib spiral fracture in 2010-11, the top part of the fracture wasn't completely healing after 6 months, so my orthopedist had me use a ultrasound bone stimulator. The final bone joining happened more quickly after that.
post #5 of 7

I've had ultrasound treatments on a couple of different injuries. I can't report noticing any specific difference as a result of the treatments but I can report that physical therapy sessions that included ultrasound treatments and those that did not both achieved successful results. I chose to have a frank discussion with my therapist and trust his judgment.

post #6 of 7
US has a dubious rep as it is often over used, yet in combo w other treatments- it can be part of a comprehensive plan.
post #7 of 7

Pulsed ultra sound is thought to help with the acute phase RX of injury by reducing the swelling of inflammation.   There is no heat buildup.  Continuous ultrasound is believed to assist in the healing at the boundary of dissimilar tissues.   E.G.  Where muscle blends to tendon or where tendon attaches to bone.   YM

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