Ultrasound is divided into diagnostic and therapeutic models. Only the therapeutic models are able to treat common conditions. Studies are mixed on the effectiveness of ultrasounds for treating pain and inflammation.
Comparing lasers and ultrasound
|Warm, soothing effect (CW)||YES||YES|
|Treat over metal hardware||YES||NO|
|High peak power (watts)||YES||NO|
|High average power (watts)||YES||NO|
|No need for gel on skin||YES||NO|
|Ugly, unsightly nails (CW)||YES||NO|
|Tissue ablation (CW)||YES||NO|
Lasers allow for many more treatment modalities at much higher power compared to Ultrasound without the need for messy ultrasound gel or the risk of bone damage.