Ultrasound Use in the Fort Wayne Chiropractic Treatment PlanAs a therapeutic modality, ultrasound is a type of heat treatment for soft tissue injuries to decrease swelling and pain, minimize muscle spasms, and increase the range of motion. Creating high frequency sound waves, ultrasound penetrates deep into a damaged area, creating heat that draws blood into the area in order to enhance the healing process. Ultrasound is applied softly with a handheld soundhead, that uses strokes or circles over the pain stricken area. An ultrasound gel might be applied during the ultrasound therapy session. The role of an ultrasound is to expedite your healing process and reduce your pain. Research Studies In one study, the addition of ultrasound to exercise therapy for lumbar spinal stenosis relief decreased the amount of analgesic usage by the patients. (1) Reference Goren A, Yildiz N, Topuz O, Findikoglu G, Ardic F: Efficacy of exercise and ultrasound in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: a prospective randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation 2010; 24(7):623-31 "This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."