Can ultrasound therapy relieve your neck or back pain?

When you hear the word ultrasound, your first thoughts might be of expectant parents anxiously catching the first glimpses of their unborn child. However, for many people with neck or back issues, ultrasound technology can also be used as part of a physical therapy routine. Ultrasound therapy may supplement a primary conservative treatment such as exercise and is most often used to promote relaxation, reduce inflammation and ease pain.

Laser Spine Institute is committed to helping patients learn about the full range of treatment options available to them. By having a better understanding of conservative options you can work more closely with your doctor to find the pain relief you deserve. You are also welcome to contact our dedicated team at any time to learn more about your condition and the treatment options we have available.

What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound technology involves transmitting high-frequency sound waves into a specific part of the body through a probe that has a round head. The sound waves cause a vibration deep in the tissue, and this vibration creates a gentle heat. This heat serves to induce blood flow into the targeted area, increasing oxygenation and nutrient flow, as well as promoting the removal of cell wastes.

How can ultrasound treatments help?

For patients with any number of different spine issues like bone spurs, herniated discs or other conditions that have caused neck pain, back pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion and more, ultrasound treatment can be beneficial. The heat and increased blood flow produced by ultrasound treatments can relieve inflammation and pain, accelerate tissue healing and reduce muscle spasms. As part of an overall physical therapy routine, ultrasound sessions can improve the flexibility of deep tissues and help facilitate stretching therapy. It can also help promote a greater range of motion and can be used in conjunction with the efforts of a manual therapist.

If physical therapy and nonsurgical treatments such as ultrasound sessions have failed to improve your neck or back pain, surgery may become an option. As a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open neck or back surgeries, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive spine surgery. We use muscle-sparing techniques to offer our patients a streamlined outpatient experience at our state-of-the-art facilities across the United States.

Learn more by reaching out to our team today. We can help you receive a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.