If you’re an athlete who wants to spend as little time as possible away from their sport due to an injury, iontophoresis could be the answer. While this form of treatment is primarily used to help patients fight the condition known as hyperhidrosis, it is also very effective in reducing the inflammation that takes place during a sports injury.
The first step of iontophoresis is submerging the affected body part in water. Once submerged, our physical therapist will then add dissolvable anti-inflammatory medication to the container of water. Finally, a medical device will be used to send a mild electric current through the now medicated solution. Though this process is relatively painless, you will experience a slight tingling sensation.
A typical session of iontophoresis lasts between 10 and 15 minutes. Depending on the severity of your injury, our physical therapists may recommend undergoing several sessions per week. However, once the swelling and inflammation start to be reduced, ongoing treatment is no longer necessary. The side effects associated with this treatment are often minor, and our physical therapists will do everything in their power to mitigate the chances of any taking place.