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   Posted 1/30/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   

The other day at my physical therapy my therapist did something he called ultrasound therapy on my foot which suffers from Planters fasciitis.  He told me that it would break up scar tissue and my foot and help speed the healing.

He rubbed some cold gel on the bottom of my foot then he rubbed a probe that vibrated a little over the tender spots. While he was doing it he told me to let them know if I felt any heat on my foot.  I feel a faint warmth at one point, but nothing else.

I was amazed afterwords that the soreness I felt before was almost gone.  Later it hurt some but not quite as bad.

I was wondering if any of y'all ever had ultrasound therapy?

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   Posted 1/30/2011 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I've had it and it can help. They also do it for back pain and when done in conjunction with tens and heat/ice it can help.
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   Posted 1/30/2011 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I had what they call the combo-electric stimulation with simultaneous ultrasound on my shoulder. In five minutes I went from feeling like someone had peeled my skin off, filled my back with hot coals, and closed it back up-to not being in pain. I had that treatment twice a week for 4 weeks and the pain never came back to the level it was before the first appointmen.

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   Posted 1/30/2011 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Ultrasound goes deeper into the tissues.
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   Posted 1/30/2011 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
He warned me if I felt any pain or intense heat to tell him because it was burning the bone. He said it was going past my heat receptors so I wouldn't feel any pain unless the bone was burning.
My foot has been feeling better these last few days. It used to feel like I was walking on glass all the time, but now it's down to a level of 2 or 3. I'm hoping with further treatments it will go down to zero. I've got two more weeks of therapy which is four more treatments. :)

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   Posted 1/31/2011 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi couchtater. I have had ultra-sound therapy many times on various parts including my foot. What they did with my foot though was underwater ultra-sound. They had me put my foot into a basin of water and then put the probe into the water and moved it around by my foot by never touched it. After having ultra-sound done the traditional way so many times this was surprising but it helped a lot. They did it that way to prevent any possible damage to the foot since there isn't much tissue covering it. It was interesting. I hope that you continue to get relief from this therapy.
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   Posted 2/1/2011 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I had ultrasound therapy when I was in P/T a few years ago. It was for my neck and shoulder. It really seemed to help and it was very relaxing! :) I hope you continue to feel better and better.
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   Posted 2/1/2011 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I hurt some today after my treatment, but I think it's because I've been on my feet too long today.

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   Posted 2/22/2011 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been getting combo-electric stimulation with simultaneous ultrasound on my shoulder for about 4 weeks (initially 3x per week, then 2x per week). On the 4th week I experienced stabbing pains in my scapula, in an area that has hurt for years since the initial injury. I don't know what's causing it, but the pain isn't going away after the treatment is over. Now I'm constantly on pain relievers and this isn't just the tension that I had before... I guess it is possible that I have nerve damage in that area. I don't know. I can't find any side effects other than the warming/burning of the bone. Does anyone know what could be causing this stabbing pain when I get the combo treatment?
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