Ultrasound usage and perception of effectiveness by musculoskeletal physiotherapists in South Australia

Chipchase, Lucy S. and Trinkle, Dorothea (2003) Ultrasound usage and perception of effectiveness by musculoskeletal physiotherapists in South Australia. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal, 21 1: 5-14. doi:10.1016/S1013-7025(09)70034-X


Author Chipchase, Lucy S.
Trinkle, Dorothea
Title Ultrasound usage and perception of effectiveness by musculoskeletal physiotherapists in South Australia
Journal name Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1013-7025
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1013-7025(09)70034-X
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 5
End page 14
Total pages 10
Place of publication Hong Kong
Publisher Hong Kong Physiotheraphy Association
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract A mailed questionnaire, employing both open- and closed-ended questions, was distributed to all members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (South Australian branch) registering an interest in the musculoskeletal field. Questions were asked regarding the usage and perception of the effectiveness of therapeutic ultrasound. A response rate of 55% was achieved, with a total of 210 questionnaires available for statistical analysis. The results demonstrated that ultrasound is frequently used as an electrotherapy modality by South Australian musculoskeletal physiotherapists. Most physiotherapists perceived ultrasound to be effective in treating localized, superficial conditions, especially when used in conjunction with other treatment techniques and at suitable dosages. However, ultrasound was thought to be most effective in producing a placebo effect. These findings suggest that ultrasound is perceived as an effective treatment tool when applied appropriately. Its placebo quality may contribute to its effectiveness. Further scientific research is warranted to confirm the results. Randomized controlled trials investigating ultrasound's usefulness for muscle strains, scar tissue, bursitis and tendinitis are indicated. The results of this study will be useful for educators and researchers, and suggest that more research into ultrasound applied as part of a treatment package is needed.
Keyword ultrasound
efficacy
usage
perceptions of effectiveness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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