Most people know of ultrasound as a type of imaging evaluation that enables your veterinarian to visualize the structures inside your pet’s body. The primary reason for ultrasounds to be performed is for the diagnostic process. Health issues can cause your pet to experience many symptoms. However, in order to fully confirm and diagnose the root cause of these symptoms, your vet may need to take a look inside your pet’s body at their organs and other structures.
However, ultrasound can also be used in a therapeutic technique. Rather than simply using sound waves to visualize internal structures, in ultrasound therapy, sound waves are used to treat a range of different problems that your pet may be suffering from. More specifically, ultrasound therapy has been shown to be beneficial in addressing problems with the musculoskeletal system. This refers to pain and disorders affecting your pet’s muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.
Therapeutic ultrasound still emits invisible sound waves into the body, but rather than being used to generate an image of the inside of your pet’s body, they are used to warm the tissues in the area that they are targeted onto, in order to achieve a therapeutic effect. One of the biggest benefits of ultrasound therapy is that a very small area of your pet’s body can be targeted, ensuring the concentration of the energy into that space so that maximal improvement can be achieved.
Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to treat a wide range of different conditions, including but not limited to:
Ligament and tendon injuries
Scar tissue problems
The prevention of postoperative scar formation
Therapeutic ultrasound has a number of positive effects on your pet. These include the following:
Increased blood flow. Increasing the flow of oxygenated blood to the site of a wound or injury has been shown to speed up the healing process and ensure a faster, more effective recovery.
Reduced inflammation. Inflammation is a silent but debilitating problem affecting both the human body and that of our animals. Inflammation helps to protect an injury, but it decreases movement and reduces your pet’s ability to live an active lifestyle. It also results in pain. Ultrasound helps to alleviate the swelling so that motion is restored.
Better mobility. It is well known that warmth helps to facilitate movement. It is for this reason that heat pads are applied to stiff muscles and joints. However, ultrasound energy is more effective since it traps the warmth in the area for longer, increasing blood flow and breaking up scar tissue, resulting in better movement.
Natural pain relief. Most musculoskeletal disorders cause your pet some degree of pain. However, the heat involved in ultrasound therapy, combined with the reduction in inflammation and increase blood flow helps to naturally reduce pain. It will also enable any pain medications your pet is taking to work more effectively.
One of the biggest concerns that owners have is that ultrasound therapy may cause their pet discomfort or even pain. However, ultrasound therapy should be a painless experience, with the only sensation your pet experiencing being one of warmth.
If you’d like more information about ultrasound therapy and the benefits for your pet, please get in touch with our offices in Roselle, NJ .