Therapeutic Ultrasound for Back Pain
Conservative or non-invasive treatment for back pain has become increasingly popular because of its effectiveness. At some point in their lives, 8 out of 10 people will experience some form of back pain. Back pain has many causes and can be complicated to treat, however, conservative treatments have helped thousands of people to avoid surgeries, keep money in their pockets, with no side effects or complications, and lead healthier lives.
Due to poor posture, improper lifting techniques, lack of strength, and muscular imbalances, muscle strains are one of the most common causes of back pain. Strains are micro-tears in the muscles that can cause pain when a person moves incorrectly. These can occur when someone when a person bends at the waist to pick up something off the floor, when lifting heavy objects, or during athletic activities. There are several grades of strains but the most common strains can be taken care of conservatively.
One important treatment that has gained recognition in the area of back rehabilitation is therapeutic ultrasound. Therapeutic ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to target soft tissues in the body such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs. These ultrasound waves are painless, increase local circulation, help to break down scar tissue, and reduce inflammation naturally.
In the acute phase of treatment (first 2 weeks after an injury), the goal should be to use ultrasound to decrease the amount of pain. Once the pain has decreased, it is important to incorporate range of motion exercises and stretches for the lumbar spine. Once range of motion improves, strengthening exercises should be started and are very important to avoid a relapse. Along with physical rehabilitation, educating the patient in proper lifting techniques is recommended.