What is ultrasound therapy?

Ultrasound therapy is a commonly used physical therapy used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems.

Ultrasound for medical imaging involves the transmission of ultrasonic waves and processes a returning echo signal to generate an image.  In comparison, the ultrasound used for therapy is a one-way energy delivery.

How does it work?

Ultrasound therapy delivers energy to deep tissue sites through ultrasonic waves, to produce increases in tissue temperature.  Through this mechanism it can improve blood flow which in turn will help promote healing.

Will ultrasound therapy help me?

Ultrasound treatment is helpful for a number of soft tissue conditions including muscle strains and tendonitis.  It is a non-invasive treatment and is generally well tolerated.   As such, it can be a useful treatment to try before proceeding to more invasive treatments such as a cortisone/steroid injection. 

It is not effective or indicated for all conditions and it is best to check with your GP whether it would be useful for your symptoms.

How do I book in for ultrasound therapy?

You will need to book in to see your usual GP who will be able to do an initial assessment and establish a diagnosis.  If your doctor feels ultrasound treatment is something which can help, you can book in with our nurses for a treatment (subject to appointment availability).

Generally ultrasound treatment takes 10-15 minutes and one area is done per booking.  A course of 3-6 sessions is usually required to see an improvement in symptoms.

How much does it cost to do ultrasound therapy?

A booking to see the GP for an initial consultation is as per our usual fees listed on the website.  Ultrasound therapy with our nurses including follow up treatments is bulk billed.