ultrasound - Achilles tendinitis.
Updated: Apr 26, 2019
I recently bought my latest piece of equipment, a mobile ultrasound machine which has a 1mhz and 3mhz heads that treat a wide spread injury base. I have an injured patient at football and as their physio its my duty to provide them with the best treatment possible to promote healing and maintain health. He has suffered with achilles tendinitis for a while now - since the start of the 2018 football season. Each week i have seen him he says it seems to be painful during the game but eases of after activity. However in recent weeks he has been struggling to even walk properly due to pain and loss of physical function. I administered his first ultrasound treatment on Tuesday 18th December 2018. With regular treatment and with himself caring for the injury out of hours, in conjunction with each other these should allow the injury to heal and reduce pain and loss of function - allowing him to get back to doing something he loves playing football - I'm sure its frustrating for yourself not being able to do something you love due to an injury.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound to heat an area, increasing blood supply. It promotes healing and reduces inflammation by creating a histamine response in the body, reducing tendinitis. According to a 2006 article in the "Journal of Undergraduate Kinesiology Research," recovery time and treatment outcome is dependent on the individual tissue response in the patient when ultrasound is used in treating tendinitis. Ultrasound therapy uses a small metal head that emits an ultrasonic beam and is moved over the affected area for three to five minutes.
Ultrasound treatment is a safe, non-invasive treatment for tendinitis - ultrasound stimulates the production of collagen, the main protein that makes up soft tissues like tendons and ligaments, accelerating healing time. Ultrasound therapy is normally performed by a physical therapist in conjunction with other therapies, so there is no need to see a separate therapist. Treatments are short, lasting only several minutes for each affected area. The 2006 article in the "Journal of Undergraduate Kinesiology Research" states that their study revealed an increase in joint strength, decrease in pain level and increased range of motion with ultrasound therapy.
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