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An Evidence-Based Discussion of Therapeutic Ultrasound - PT25

An Evidence-Based Discussion of Therapeutic Ultrasound

by Paul Higgins, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
(4.3 / 2457 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Ultrasound is one of the most commonly used modalities in clinical practice. It has been suggested that ultrasound can produce biophysical effects, which can be defined as cellular functions that are enhanced or catalyzed by ultrasound application. The biophysical effects are the result of sound wave energy being converted to a source of superficial or deep heat to healing tissues. Common clinical uses of therapeutic ultrasound include pain control, tissue extensibility, wound healing, fracture repair, enhanced tendon and ligament healing, and resorption of calcium deposits.


The goal of this therapeutic ultrasound continuing education program is to provide physical therapists with an evidence-based review of the application of ultrasound as a therapeutic modality and explain the implications of use during physical therapy interventions. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the application of ultrasound and propose a use of the modality for successful musculoskeletal injury intervention
  • Describe ultrasound parameters specific to the treatment goal of increasing tissue temperature
  • Provide a review of the current literature regarding the effectiveness of ultrasound application on musculoskeletal injuries

Approval Information
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 18S7430 for 6/14/18 to 6/14/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE18-538476 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-307 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PTh Examiners for 0.1 CEU for  03/16/15 to 03/16/19
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 6/6/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/4/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2021


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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Hailey S - Coventry, RI  ·  Sep 12, 2019
This course was very thorough with old and new evidence regarding the use and implementation of ultrasound. The information was informative and unbiased.
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Peta-Gaye K - Portmore, IT  ·  Sep 11, 2019
course was informative
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Kurt H - Cardiff, CA  ·  Aug 27, 2019
Need better examples and research
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Borna H - League City, TX  ·  Aug 21, 2019
Informative about the use and application of different modalities
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Rebecca D - Peoria, IL  ·  Aug 15, 2019
Good review of past knowledge.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50