Ultrasonic Therapy




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The development of technology in the 1920’s using piezoelectric materials and electronic devices fostered the era of high frequency sound in the treatment of human illness and disease. Primarily used in musculoskeletal conditions ultrasound therapy became mainstream in the 1970’s (1). Today 66% of chiropractors utilize ultrasound therapy in their offices (2).

(1) Nyborg WL. Biological effects of ultrasound: development of safety guidelines. Part II: general review. Ultrasound Med Biol 2001 Mar;27(3):301-33.
(2)Christensen M. Job Analysis of Chirpractic. Greeley, Co: National Board of Chiropractic Examiners; 2005.

Literature Reviews

Therapeutic Ultrasound: A Review of the Literature

Therapeutic Ultrasound: A Review of the Literature

Daniel A. Martinez, MA, DC, Research Scientist;

Ultrasound (US) has been a widely used and accepted adjunct modality for the management of many musculoskeletal conditions.  It was first introduced as a therapeutic modality in the 1950s, when both animal and human studies demonstrated its ability to safely heat tissue several centimeters below the skin.  In the late 1960s and 1970s, reports on the non-thermal therapeutic effects of US, primarily in the area of enhanced tissue healing, further bolstered its popularity  (1).  Despite the years of clinical use, the lack of studies confirming its benefits has led scientists to question the traditional view of its therapeutic benefits (2).
Several papers reviewing the available literature have been published concerning the biophysical effects, application, and efficacy of therapeutic ultrasound, as well as the safety and calibration of ultrasonic equipment (2-7).  The purpose of this paper is to present a general overview of these findings.


 |  Published On
October 1, 2010

Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Information

MeSH Term: Ultrasonic Therapy

Scope Note: The use of focused, high-frequency sound waves to produce local hyperthermia in certain diseased or injured parts of the body or to destroy the diseased tissue.

MeSH Synonyms:
  • Ultrasonic Therapy
  • Therapy, Ultrasonic
  • Therapies, Ultrasonic
  • Ultrasonic Therapies
Applicable MeSH Subheadings:
  • adverse effects
  • classification
  • economics
  • education
  • epidemiology
  • ethics
  • history
  • instrumentation
  • methods
  • mortality
  • nursing
  • organization and administration
  • pharmacology
  • psychology
  • standards
  • statistics and numerical data
  • therapeutic use
  • therapy
  • trends
  • utilization
  • veterinary
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