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Iontophoresis

Iontophoresis is a drug delivery system administered to the body without the use of hypodermic needles. The medication is delivered through transporting soluble ions across intact skin using two electrodes and a mild current.

The drug most commonly used at Reinhold Rehabilitation is Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate, which is a steroidal anti-inflammatory. This medication needs to be prescribed by a doctor.

Most people experience no pain, but a mild tingling sensation under the electrodes. The steroidal anti-inflammatories are applied directly through the skin at the site of pain, so there are no systemic effects such as weight gain or an upset stomach. There is a small percentage of people (less than 1%) who may experience an immune response which presents itself as small tiny hives at the site of the electrode application.

Iontophoresis FAQ'S

What kind of conditions can be treated with Iontophoresis?

Iontophoresis is used to treat tendonitis, bursitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis and other inflamed structures.

How many physiotherapy sessions will I need for Iontophoresis treatment?

Studies indicate that beneficial results are achieved within six treatment sessions. The best results are achieved in conjunction with an active therapeutic exercise program designed specifically for you by your physiotherapist.

What are the benefits of Iontophoresis?
  1. No needle injection trauma.
  2. Quicker reduction of pain, swelling and inflammation compared to other modalities.
  3. Decreased need for oral anti-inflammatories, which can have systemic side effects.
  4. Painless and non-systemic.