An Evidence-Based Discussion of Therapeutic Ultrasound

An Evidence-Based Discussion of Therapeutic Ultrasound 

Ultrasound is a commonly used modality in physical therapy clinical practice. It has been suggested that ultrasound can produce thermal and non-thermal biophysical effects. Ultrasound is thought to improve pain control, tissue extensibility, wound healing, fracture repair, tendon and ligament healing, and resorption of calcium deposits. This module will outline the application, purpose, and current evidence for therapeutic ultrasound on musculoskeletal injuries in clinical practice.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Illinois Division of Professional Regulation of Physical Therapists


Relias Learning is an Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor, number 216.000290. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners


This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEUs.

New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy


This course was approved by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Approval #: 2007‐06. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ACU-0-PT25
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Summarize the application and use of therapeutic ultrasound for successful musculoskeletal injury intervention.
Identify four ultrasound parameters specific to the treatment goal of increasing tissue temperature.
Summarize the current literature regarding the effectiveness of ultrasound application for musculoskeletal injuries.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course


Section 2: Treatment Indications and Safe Application

Purpose of Therapeutic Ultrasound

Mechanisms of Action

Precautions and Considerations


Application Process


Section 3: Treatment Parameters for Musculoskeletal Injuries

Treatment Parameters

Effective Radiating Area

Considerations for Treatment Parameters

Equipment Maintenance

Treatment Example


Section 4: Effectiveness of Therapeutic Ultrasound

Current Research

Barriers to Ultrasound Research

Evidence-Based Recommendations


Section 5: Conclusion

Course Contributor



Instructor: Nicole Fogarty, PT, DPT
Nicole Fogarty holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University. She has experience working as a Physical Therapist in outpatient orthopedic and acute inpatient settings. She has additional training in medical screening and lumbopelvic examination and treatment. Nicole enjoys using her clinical experience and interest in current rehabilitation research as a Physical Therapy writer for Relias. Disclosure: Nicole Fogarty, PT, DPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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