Therapeutic ultrasound within physical therapy is used to stimulate the cell reparation. Ultrasound uses sound waves to penetrate deep into the injured tissues causing both a thermal (heating) effect and non-thermal (direct stimulation of the cell membranes) effect. Ultrasound can also be used to break down calcium deposits in joints that may cause irritation to tendons and ligaments as they move.top
Phonophoresis is the use of ultrasound to enhance the delivery of topically applied analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs.top
Iontophoresis is a non-invasive method of delivering medicine through the skin by using a small electrical charge. A needle-less injection. Iontophoresis is commonly used by physical therapists to deliver anit-inflamitory medications for conditions such as plantar fasciitis and bursitis.top
Cryotherapy in physical therapy is the application of ice packs to an injured area of the body to absorb heat. It is commonly used to reduce pain by decreasing the muscle spasms and reducing imflamation.top
Moist Heat Treatment
Moist heat treatment is the application of moist heat from sources such as hot gel packs to reduce pain. Moist heat has been proven effective for low back pain, neck pain and wrist pain.top
Lumbar & Cervical Traction
Spinal Traction is the gradual stretching of the spine by applying a constant or intermittent pulling force. Traction increases the space between the vertebrae and stretches the muscles and ligaments along the spine.
Lumbar traction specifically targets the lower back and is used in conjuction with other treatments to relieve lower back pain and sciatica.
Cervical traction is an effective treatment for short-term relief of neck pain.top