How to Use Ultrasound for Pain Management

Pain is never fun, but it is quite often a part of life. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways that pain can be managed – be it through counseling, diet, exercise, natural approaches, medication or an assortment of medical procedures. And while we are often familiar with most of these approaches, a newcomer in the field of pain management is ultrasound.

When it comes to the use of ultrasound therapy for pain, there are two main approaches – thermal and mechanical. Thermal uses sound waves to cause microscopic vibrations in the deep tissues and thus encourage healing, while mechanical ultrasound therapy employs the sound waves to help the muscles and tissues expand and contract, thus decreasing the inflammatory response and reducing the swelling of the tissue itself. Both approaches are completely safe and do not cause any additional pain.

Ultrasound for Pain Management

Although there are some in the medical field who have not fully embraced the use of ultrasounds for pain management, the large majority have found it to be the perfect solution to helping their patients feel better sooner. Here are some application examples:

1. The use of ultrasound technology in medicine means more specific diagnosis. As a result, it is easier to determine a course of action for managing pain. The ultrasound allows doctors to see the internal “architecture” of an area, such as nerve endings or fibers and then determine what stimulation techniques should be employed
2. The ultrasound produces a higher success rate in dealing with the pain. In fact, by using ultrasound in procedures such as stellate ganglion blocks, cervical nerve root blocks, and joint injects, the visibility provided by the ultrasound allows the physician to inject in specific spot while bypassing others for a less invasive approach.
3. Ultrasound makes it easier for the doctors to locate nerves that are difficult to find. For example, the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh, which causes severe neuropathic pain, cannot be found without an ultrasound.
4. Other specific applications for pain management through ultrasounds are osteoarthritis, myofascial pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, scar tissue related pain, phantom limb pain, sprains and strains.

These are but a few reasons why many practices are using ultrasound for pain management. Other benefits are that it is more cost effective than other approaches – some of which might not be covered by a patient’s insurance. Consequently, the use of ultrasound is a win for everybody because as a doctor, your will recoup your investment on the ultrasound, and for patient’s as it is less money out of their pockets.

If your office is looking for a new – or perhaps alternative- approach to pain management, then give one of our ultrasound professionals a call today. We would love to help you decide which ultrasound machine is right for your office and the needs of your patient family. At National Ultrasound, we have so many options in ultrasounds and related equipment that we are certain to have just the right equipment to suit all of your office’s needs. Contact us today!