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    Phys Ther. 2007 Aug;87(8):986-94; discussion 995-1001. Epub 2007 Jun 6.
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    A survey of therapeutic ultrasound use by physical therapists who are orthopaedic certified specialists.

    Wong RA, Schumann B, Townsend R, Phelps CA.

    Department of Physical Therapy, Marymount University, 2807 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207, USA. Rwong@marymount.edu

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: For many years, ultrasound (US) has been a widely used and well-accepted physical therapy modality for the management of musculoskeletal conditions. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence on its effectiveness. This study examined the opinions of physical therapists with advanced competency in orthopedics about the use and perceived clinical importance of US in managing commonly encountered orthopedic impairments. SUBJECTS: Four hundred fifty-seven physical therapists who were orthopaedic certified specialists from the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States were invited to participate. METHODS: A 77-item survey instrument was developed. After face and content validity were established, the survey instrument was mailed to all subjects. Two hundred seven usable survey questionnaires were returned (response rate=45.3%). RESULTS: According to the surveys, the respondents indicated that they were likely to use US to decrease soft tissue inflammation (eg, tendinitis, bursitis) (83.6% of the respondents), increase tissue extensibility (70.9%), enhance scar tissue remodeling (68.8%), increase soft tissue healing (52.5%), decrease pain (49.3%), and decrease soft tissue swelling (eg, edema, joint effusion) (35.1%). The respondents used US to deliver medication (phonophoresis) for soft tissue inflammation (54.1%), pain management (22.2%), and soft tissue swelling (19.8%). The study provides summary data of the most frequently chosen machine parameters for duty cycle, intensity, and frequency. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Ultrasound continues to be a popular adjunctive modality in orthopedic physical therapy. These findings may help researchers prioritize needs for future research on the clinical effectiveness of US.

    PMID: 17553923 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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    Jason Silvernail DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT
    Board-Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
    Fellowship-Trained in Orthopedic Manual Therapy

    Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


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      Jason,
      I brought this one intentionally.
      Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. L VINCI
      We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. I NEWTON

      Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not a bit simpler.
      If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
      bernard

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        Originally posted by bernard View Post
        Jason,
        I brought this one intentionally.
        I figured.
        In most cases I consider Ultrasound less than useless - less than because that's 8-10 minutes wasted that could be used doing something that might actually help...
        Jason Silvernail DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT
        Board-Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
        Fellowship-Trained in Orthopedic Manual Therapy

        Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


        The views expressed in this entry are those of the author alone and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the US Government.

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          I figured.
          In most cases I consider Ultrasound less than useless - less than because that's 8-10 minutes wasted that could be used doing something that might actually help...
          I concur:clap1:

          Although, you could do a 3min (whatever parameter-or not even ON for that mather) placebo with intent to treat on the kind of patients almost begging for it.

          It's a winner, they always comeback saying it really helped them

          A tiddy bit unethical though...

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