Physical therapists in Wilmington, MA describe phonophoresis as the use of ultrasound to help administer drugs into the body through the skin. For many years, doctors and physical therapists have used phonophoresis in the successful treatment of a variety of conditions, including arthritis. For us to understand which other conditions this therapy can help treat, it is best first to know how the treatment works.
An Overview of Phonophoresis
Phonophoresis has been used by physical therapists in the US from the twentieth century. The treatment involves the use of two things to combat certain conditions: medication and ultrasound.
Some conditions, especially those that cause inflammations, are painful to treat. Imagine rubbing a pain-relieving gel or ointment onto an area affected by tendonitis for instance. The affected area would be too painful to touch, let alone rub on the medication effectively. This is where ultrasound comes in. Patients with conditions like tendonitis typically experience painful inflammation. To administer drugs for these conditions, physical therapists at White Physical Therapy spread out the required gels gently around the affected part of the body. The gels are usually analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents. After administering the drugs, the physical therapist in Wilmington, MA then directs high-frequency sound waves towards the region covered in the medication. The ultrasound serves two purposes. First, it makes the skin more permeable so that it is more receptive to the drugs. To add to that, the sound waves also supply energy that pushes the drugs through the skin pores and into the body. As such, the use of the ultrasound in administering drugs aids in the effective treatment of given conditions by making it easier to administer the required medication.
Use of Phonophoresis for Physical Therapy at White Therapy in Wilmington, MA
Physical therapists at White Physical Therapy use phonophoresis to enhance their treatment of conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, as well as the frozen shoulder. What these conditions have in common is that they all cause inflammation. Using ultrasound to enhance the delivery of anti-inflammatory drugs for people with these conditions help patients with the relief and management of pain. In some patients, the treatment is used to administer enough pain medication to get a patient through exercises that increase the mobility of the affected joints, tendons, and tissue.
However, this form of physical therapy at White Physical Therapy is not used on everyone. If for example, a physical therapist in Wilmington, MA realizes that you have cancer, he or she may not recommend the treatment for you. Similarly, pregnant women and people who have just suffered from infections may not undergo this process. The reason is for this is that the process may pose health risks to people who belong to these categories. For those who do not, phonophoresis has few, if any, side effects.
While phonophoresis is a good method of enhancing drug administration, it cannot be used for the successful treatment of inflammatory conditions on its own. Physical therapists at White Physical Therapy recommend that you supplement the treatment with other forms of therapy to manage the conditions.