Therapeutic ultrasound for pets is primarily indicated in the treatment of chronic scar tissue and indolent decubital ulcers (bed sores). It may also be effective for temporary relief of muscle spasms and for enhanced tendon healing.
In the Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) patient, therapeutic ultrasound can be used when there is spasm of muscles or contracture of tissues secondary to loss of nerve control. It should not be used on tissues that have no deep pain perception because excessive heating may occur. After IVDD surgery some patients have scoliosis from contracture of the spinal muscles. Ultrasound can be used to relax these muscles and straighten the spine.