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Therapeutic Ultrasound

  • November 12, 2015 3:15 PM EST

    One of the benefits of therapeutic ultrasound is that it can be provided in an "indirect" fashion - particularly on parts of the body that are very small or irregular in contour.  One of my favorite examples is one that I demonstrated in the recent webinar on Ultrasound - the Difference Between Diagnostic and Therapeutic Ultrasound (the focus was on musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries / disorders).

    This bird had become disabled as a result of being provided improper perching rods in its cage. It is difficult to place an ultrasound head against the small and irregularly contoured leg of a bird. This video demonstrates that the therapy can be provided indirectly, by way of immersion in a water bath. The treatment resulted in relaxation of the muscles of the bird's feet. This allowed for the feet to be stretched back into a more normal position so that it could once again stand and perch.


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    November 15, 2015 6:44 PM EST

    Question for Dr. Chiaramonte from a viewer of the recorded presentation:

    Is there a difference in the therapeutic effect - when comparing traditional hot compresses with therapeutic ultrasound?

  • November 15, 2015 11:07 PM EST

    The main difference in therapeutic effect when comparing traditional hot compresses with therapeutic ultrasound is depth of penetration. Traditional hot compresses typically heat the skin and subcutaneous tissues to a depth of 1 -2 cm. Therapeutic ultrasound can heat at depths between 2 and 5 cm.