When you think of an ultrasound, images of a growing baby may leap to mind. And while that’s an important use for the technology, the benefits of ultrasound technology go far beyond pregnancy — or even just taking a look inside your body.
Our expert team of medical providers at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. in Glen Burnie, Maryland, provides therapeutic ultrasound as a way to reduce pain and improve your body’s ability to heal.
Take a few minutes to learn more about the advantages of ultrasound imaging, including ways the technology might benefit you.
Ultrasound imaging is trusted and safe
Modern ultrasound imaging has been used and trusted by doctors for decades, given its excellent safety record. Unlike other imaging tests, like X-rays, ultrasound uses non-ionizing radiation. Non-ionizing radiation is considered safer than ionizing radiation, which can remove living tissue at high levels. Ultrasound tests don’t affect your tissue that way.
Ultrasound imaging is also noninvasive, so you won’t have to worry about discomfort or pain during your session. Each session takes a mere 10-30 minutes, making it easy to fit into a busy day.
Used strictly for imaging, an ultrasound can help your health care provider diagnose and assess a broad range of issues and conditions, including:
- Certain types of cancer
- Growths in your thyroid gland, uterus, or testicles
- Heart and blood vessel disorders
- Problems in your liver, gallbladder, kidneys, or spleen
Ultrasound therapy can treat chronic pain and injuries
Ultrasound imaging works by penetrating your skin with sound waves. In addition to producing images within your body, these sound waves can have a therapeutic effect. By increasing blood flow, ultrasound can reduce inflammation, promote tissue healing, and improve flexibility.
For these reasons, our experts at Arundel Medical Group, Inc, use therapeutic ultrasound to promote tissue recovery, reduce chronic pain, and treat musculoskeletal injuries.
Conditions we treat using ultrasound include:
- Back pain
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
Ultrasound therapy may also help you manage a chronic disease, such as osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia. We may recommend ultrasound as a useful addition to your personalized treatment plan. It often pairs well, for example, with physical therapy.
Some people find ultrasound therapy to be a useful alternative to pain-relieving medication. Or you may find that it allows you to take such medications in smaller doses or less often.
To learn more about ultrasound imaging or therapy or get the care you need, call our office or request an appointment via this website.