How Ultrasound Therapy Can Help With Your Pets’ Pain

Just like humans, pets also experience pain. Their pain may result from an injury or occur as a symptom of an underlying illness. For this reason, they should undergo rehabilitation and care just like what a doctor can do for you. There are several ways of dealing with pain in your pets. The best non-invasive way is through the use of ultrasound therapy. Ultrasound therapy involves using mechanical, chemical, and thermal effects to treat pain.


How Does Ultrasound Therapy Work?


Since the 1970s, this method of diagnosing animal pain is common with many vets. The therapy works by sending ultrasound waves through your pet’s body. The vet starts by placing electric currents on a crystal. The current causes the crystal to vibrate at a certain frequency.

The frequency then passes through your pet’s skin, causing their tissues to vibrate. Application of the ultrasound probe on your pet’s skin requires a water-soluble ultrasound liniment.


Painful Conditions That Require Ultrasound Therapy


It is important to take special care of your pet to recognize symptoms early. Some pain conditions that may require ultrasound therapy include:


  • Muscle injuries

  • Injury to ligaments

  • Any form of severe swelling

  • Injury to tendons

  • Wounds that are healing abnormally

  • Scar tissue issues

  • Scar tissue not forming post invasive surgery


Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy


Some of the benefits of this procedure on your pet include:

  • Pain Relief 
    The heat and movement of the ultrasound help to massage the area that your pet is experiencing pain. This helps turn down the pain. It also helps ease the movement of medication and eliminate any toxins.

  • Reduces Swelling
    Ultrasound therapy helps reduce swelling in the painful areas of your pet. It also helps avoid freezing in their tendons. Freezing tendons tend to create scar tissue. This whole process helps improve the motion in your pet’s limbs.

  • Better Flow of Blood
    The procedure helps improve blood flow which in turn reduces chronic inflammation. If your pet has an injury, better blood flow reduces swelling around those areas.

  • Rejuvenate Tissues in Old Injuries
    The better blood flow and heating that come with the therapy help soften freezing ligaments and tendons. The freezing may be the result of an injury. Breaking scar tissue and better blood flow improves movement in places with the injury.


Contraindications of Ultrasound Therapy


However much this procedure may be the best solution for your pet’s pain, there are instances that it may not help. Ultrasound therapy may be dangerous if your pet is pregnant. It is also not ideal if your pet has undergone certain invasive surgeries. These include bone plates as a result of a fracture and any kind of orthotics. This is because the procedure can superheat the implants, resulting in damage to surrounding tissue.

Ultrasound therapy may also be dangerous in the event of a spinal injury. The procedure must not happen above their open spinal cord, testicles, skull, or eyes.


Length of Procedure


Ultrasound therapy normally takes between 10 to 20 minutes per session. For the treatment to take effect, your pet may need up to three sessions per week. This depends on the condition of its pain since it is not the same for all pets.

For any queries that you may have on Ultrasound therapy for pets, visit Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic at our office in Roselle, New Jersey. You can also call (908) 245-7853 to book an appointment today.