Ultrasound uses a high frequency sound wave emitted from the sound head when electricity is passed through a quartz crystal. The sound waves cause the vibration of water molecules deep within tissue causing a heating effect. When the sound waves are pulsed, they cause a vibration of the tissue rather than heating. The stream of sound waves helps with nutrition exchange at the cellular level and healing. Studies have shown that ultrasound is helpful for ligament healing and clinically, for carpal tunnel syndrome, and muscle spasm.
Phonophoresis Treatment for Musculoskeletal Problems
Phonophoresis is a non-invasive therapeutic technique that combines ultrasound with topical medications to deliver targeted relief to injured or inflamed tissues.
During a phonophoresis session, the physical therapist applies a special gel or cream containing medication to the affected area. Then, a therapeutic ultrasound device emits low-frequency sound waves that facilitate the absorption of the medication through the skin and into the underlying tissues.
Conditions and Diagnoses Treated with Phonophoresis:
Tendinitis and Tendinopathy: Phonophoresis has proven effective in reducing inflammation and promoting healing in various tendon-related conditions, such as Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tendinopathy, and tennis elbow.
Bursitis: Inflammation of bursae, the fluid-filled sacs cushion joints, can cause pain and limited mobility. Phonophoresis can help alleviate bursitis symptoms by delivering anti-inflammatory medications directly to the affected area.
Muscle Strains and Sprains: For muscle injuries, phonophoresis assists in reducing swelling and muscle spasms, thus accelerating the healing process and relieving pain.
Ligament Injuries: Phonophoresis is used to address ligament injuries, such as ankle sprains or knee ligament strains, to support the healing process and provide pain relief.
Plantar Fasciitis: Phonophoresis can be effective in reducing the inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition characterized by heel pain.
Why Phonophoresis is a Good Treatment Choice:
Non-Invasive and Painless: Phonophoresis is a safe and painless treatment option. Unlike injections or surgical procedures, it does not involve needles or incisions, making it more comfortable for patients.
Targeted Delivery: The focused delivery of medication through phonophoresis allows for precise targeting of the affected area, maximizing the therapeutic effects while minimizing potential side effects.
Enhances Medication Absorption: The combination of therapeutic ultrasound and topical medication enhances the absorption of the medication into the tissues, allowing for faster and more efficient relief.
Reduces Inflammation: Inflammation is a common source of pain in many musculoskeletal conditions. Phonophoresis effectively reduces inflammation, providing significant pain relief and improved function.
Complements Other Therapies: Phonophoresis is commonly used with other physical therapy treatments, such as therapeutic exercises and manual therapy, to optimize overall recovery.
Contact Us Today if You are Looking for Phonophoresis Treatment or Need Help with Muscle Pain or a Joint Injury
If you are experiencing any of the conditions mentioned or have other musculoskeletal issues, our trained physical therapists are here to help put you on a path to recovery.
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