At Essex Animal Hospital, we employ ultrasound for therapeutic treatments for your dog or cat. Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves on the tissue to create a specific physiological effect. Although similar to a diagnostic ultrasound, therapeutic ultrasound uses a different frequency and there is no image generated from the procedure. The uses of therapeutic ultrasound include:
- Increasing circulation
- Increasing contractility of muscle fibers (to increase range of motion)
- Decreasing scar tissue
- Decreasing pain and muscle spasm
- Decreasing inflammation
- Accelerating wound healing
The real-time image that is produced can be used to provide a clearer view of organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, and lymph nodes. Therapeutic ultrasound does not require anesthesia, and can quickly help our veterinarians identify and locate issues such as tumors, cysts, stones, and inflammation. For more information about how therapeutic ultrasound can help your pet, please call us at (519) 776-7325.