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Ultrasound For Adhesions

Ultrasound is used for many purposes. It is often used for diagnostic procedures and medical analysis. The technology can also be used therapeutically to treat tissues within the body. One of the ways that they are used therapeutically is to treat adhesions in the body.

Adhesions within the body are defined as the formation of internal scar tissue. Many surgical procedures or even injuries can cause the body to create scar tissue, which is referred to as an adhesion. Often this scar tissue is not a problem, however, sometimes the scar tissue can form across the space or cavity between two or more of the internal organs. This can result in problems with the organs, from twisting to displacement. In these cases the scar tissue must be removed or treated so that the normal organ or tissue placement can be restored.

However, removing the scar tissue by way of surgery can cause its own problems as that can result in more scar tissue. In addition, using drugs to treat adhesions can cause problems also, especially with measuring the efficacy of the treatment and potential side effects. This is where this kind of technology can really help.

Ultrasound technology uses high frequency sound waves to create shadows and echos that can be translated into images. You may have also heard this technology referred to as sonography and both terms are basically interchangeable. These devices send a very high frequency sonic wave directly into the patient’s body. The waves will then bounce off from soft or hard tissues in what could be classified as an echo. The equipment then turns this data into an image that can be seen with the eyes, this is often a real time moving image that can be viewed immediately on a monitor. This is how it creates images.


Another use for ultrasounds is for therapeutic purposes and this is how it can help with adhesions within the body. Sound waves directed at the body actually penetrate the body and in addition to creating echos it can also have various other effects on the body. These effects can be classified into either thermal or non-thermal effects. Thermal effects can actually change the temperature of the tissue from the absorption of the waves into the soft tissues. Non-thermal effects are mechanical processes produced by sound waves. One non-thermal effect of importance is called cavitation. Cavitation is the formation of bubbles within the tissue that appear to stimulate cell regeneration and repair.

Because of the therapeutic effects of the treatment outlined above, ultrasound can be a very effective treatment for adhesions or scar tissue in the body. The sound waves can break up the scar tissue as well as stimulate cell regeneration. The sound waves can massage and vibrate in the area of the adhesions causing them to dissolve and be absorbed by the body. It also stimulates blood flow to the area, which can further assist the healing process.

True, this technology can be very advantageous to treat adhesions. This is because it is non-invasive. With ultrasounds there will be no cutting or trauma to the area so there is no chance of creating more scar tissue. While surgery can be used to remove scar tissue there is always the risk that more scar tissue will be created and more adhesions will result. Surgery is also significantly more expensive, it takes time to recuperate from and it uses up hospital resources.

How To Get This Treatment

With ultrasound there is no recovery or recuperation necessary because it is minimal and non-invasive in the first place. Drugs can also be used for the treatment of adhesions but it may be difficult to determine how well they are working and of course, there can always be undesirable side effects.

Ultrasound is a superior method for treating adhesions because of its non-invasive nature and it tends to be quick and painless. This technology has proven to be a safe and natural way to stimulating the body’s own healing response and regenerative processes.

Typically you will need a doctor’s recommendation to receive ultrasound treatment for adhesions. Most hospitals, private practices, or clinics which provide ultrasound will be able to perform this type of treatment. However, you will likely need to go to an ultrasound practitioner who has experience with using ultrasound equipment in this way. Your doctor should be able to prescribe this type of treatment and direct you to where you can receive the best possible care.

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