Modalities

Electrical Stimulation

Electric stimulation therapy (also referred to as E-Stim) is a therapeutic treatment that is applied by electrodes placed on the skin.

This method of treatment can help patients after a surgery or after a significant injury as it induces a muscle contraction. In this population, the E-Stim helps prevent muscle atrophy and works on building initial strength.
 
E-Stim can be effective in providing meaningful pain relief when treating conditions that haven’t responded well to traditional treatments. It is often used in treating conditions like sprains, arthritis, chronic back and neck pain, scoliosis and sciatica. 

E-Stim is not for everyone and your therapist will determine if this is an appropriate treatment option.

 
Ultrasound

Ultrasound therapy is the use of sound waves to treat musculoskeletal problems like inflammation and pain from injuries (sprains, tendinitis, bursitis). It provides heat to deep structures in the body, which can improve the way that your body heals.
 
Therapeutic ultrasound is often used to reduce pain, increase circulation and increase mobility of soft tissues. As with all therapeutic treatments, we work closely with you and your physician to determine if this method of care is appropriate for you.

 
Mechanical Traction

Mechanical Traction is the use of a machine to safely perform prolonged stretches. It is used along with or in place of manual traction to treat similar conditions. 

This method of treatment can be used in chronic neck or back pain (such as spinal stenosis, sciatica, degenerative disc disease) or acute conditions (disc herniations, nerve entrapments/compressions). The treatment allows for increased flexibility, improved movement and pain relief.

 
Iontophoresis

Iontophoresis is a therapeutic modality where electrical stimulation is used to administer medication into your body through your skin. This modality is often used by Physical Therapists to treat a variety of conditions. 

There are many different uses for iontophoresis. It may be used to decrease inflammation, decrease pain, decrease muscle spasm, decrease swelling and edema, reduce calcium deposits in the body, or manage scar tissue.
 
Our licensed professional Physical and Occupational Therapists work with you to decide your treatment goals and the rationale for using iontophoresis.

 

David Gilboe & Associates

PHYSICAL & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

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