While its use is in decline, many chiropractic practices still commonly use Therapeutic Ultrasound in the treatment of patients. The latest Practice Analysis of Chiropractic (2010) suggests that 63% of chiropractors now use the modality. This is a decline in utilization from the high of 70.3% in 1998. This decline is driven by reduced reimbursement and that decline was in turn due to the lack of evidence to support the efficacy of ultrasound therapy.
However this picture is changing. Recently, there has been an increase in interest by the research community in evaluating ultrasound. This has produced some important basic science and human studies that lend strong support for its use. During the last year several studies support the benefits of therapeutic ultrasound for several purposes including the treatment of tendon injuries.
The first four abstracts below provide “strong supporting evidence from animal studies about the positive effects of ultrasound on tendon healing”. Three previous articles provide evidence supporting the efficacy of therapeutic ultrasound in clinical practice. These were published on ChiroACCESS: