Phonophoresis is a process used in physical therapy in which an ultrasound is used to deliver drugs that are topically applied to the patient.

Phonophoresis: Enhancing Drug Delivery for Pain Relief

Most people don’t know about Phonophoresis, an innovative therapeutic technique chiropractors use to enhance the quality of topical medications. It is also known as sonophoresis or ultrasonophoresis and is especially beneficial in treating inflammatory issues and injuries to soft tissues.

Here’s how phonophoresis can help and its application process:

Mechanism of Phonophoresis

Phonophoresis essentially uses ultrasound waves to push particles of anti-inflammatory drugs or pain-relieving medication deeper into your skin tissues. When these drug particles reach the deepest layer of your skin, your cells absorb these medications and provide targeted relief.

Conditions Treated

What people don’t know is that Phonophoresis can treat a wide range of conditions, including strains, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), sprains, bursitis, and more. Most chiropractors use this technique for issues where there is inflammation.

Application Process

When using Phonophoresis, experts topically use anti-inflammatory or anesthetic agents. Common drugs used with this process include hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, salicylates, and other anesthetics. Sometimes, your chiropractor will use heat before the treatment to improve its effects, and they will also leave the topical drug on the skin for an extended period of time so it is properly absorbed.
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