What is Phonophoresis?
Phonophoresis is the use of ultrasound to enhance the delivery of topically applied drugs.
Effectively, medicines contained within or under the ultrasound gel are pushed by the sound waves of the ultrasound and driven deep below the skin.
Phonophoretically administered medications can penetrate the body at a much deeper level than those massaged by hand over the surface of the skin.
What Medications Can Be Used?
Not all medications can be delivered phonophoretically. The process is dependent on many, many factors. For example, the type of drug and molecule size are critical.
The drug molecule has to be just the right size to be picked up by the ultrasound waves, and the right size to pass through the body tissue. As well, the medicinal molecule can't react negatively with the ultrasound gel.
It must also be able to survive the thermal and vibrational effects of the ultrasound. The delivery of medications via ultrasound is truly a science unto itself.
The duration of the treatment, and the need to adhere to a specific dosage, is also a large consideration. Obviously, the longer ultrasound is used over a topical phonophoretic drug, the more medication is delivered and the deeper it goes.
Drugs that require very exact doses, like insulin for example, cannot be controlled accurately enough to be delivered via phonophoresis. Many natural analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs, are excellent candidates for phonophoretic application though.
Avoid Harming Your Body With Pain Killers!
One of the greatest benefits to delivering medications via phonophoresis is that the medication can be delivered locally to a desired area.
Oral pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs are introduced to the entire body in equal amounts. Even if you only need pain relief in your tennis elbow, or an anti-inflammatory in your swollen bursa, when using oral medications, you end up drugging your entire body - including your brain, your heart, and your lungs - even if they might not need the drug.
With phonophoresis, the part of the body that receives the medication is the precise part of your body that needs it.
Where is Phonophoresis Typically Used?
Phonophoresis is most commonly used by Physical Therapists and Chiropractors for the treatment of localized physical injuries. As a very cutting edge technology, phonophoresis is currently being studied for the use of a vast array of medications.
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Conditions Treated With Phonophoresis:
- post-injury conditions (dislocations, distortions of joints, inflammation of muscles, tendons, etc)
- pain in rheumatic diseases
- low-back pain of neurological origin (e.g. root pain, discopathies, sciatica)
- Bursitis and similar inflammatory ailments
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Foot/Toe Sprains/Achilles Sprains and Strains
- Ankle/Knee/Calf/Neck Sprains and Strains
- Hip Sprains, Thigh Sprains/Strains
- Ligament Strains
- Post - Exercise Recovery (when the workout goes a bit too far)
- Plantar Fascitis (Heel Spurs)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Shoulder Capulitis
- Supraspinatus / Infraspinatus injuries
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tendonitis (acute or chronic)
- Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow
- Tension Headaches
- Upper and Lower Back Strains
- Wrist/ Hand/Elbow/Shoulder Sprains and Strains
I purchased the Inferno wrap and Freezie wrap to treat a chronic Achilles tendonosis (MICROSCOPIC TEARS OF THE TENDON AT THE INSERTION).
During the later part of 2008 I was experiencing a lot of tight muscle and tendons and usually working out (running) tired and not properly warmed up and limber. I started the new year with good intention and determined to work on stretching that included following a home yoga program. I am familiar with yoga but admit that I was too aggressive with the stretching that comes from the 'downward dog' position. I believe this aggravated an already existing condition in the Achilles insertion area, this combined with the stress of a late January 5KM road race caused enough pain in the Achilles tendon to force me to discontinue running.
I sought medical attention from my family physician who referred me to physiotherapy. Through the early stage of therapy I continued to do regular bike workouts. Unfortunately the pain increased to the point that I had to stop both running and cycling. I attended physiotherapy for just over two months going once a week receiving massage to the injured area, ultrasound, cortisone by patch and ice. I was religious in following the gentle stretching and strengthening routine at home between physio visits.
After these two months with little improvement they released me with the instruction to continue with the stretching, strength exercises and ice. I was still in pain and could not run or cycle without causing further damage, walking was painful. I search for other solutions and found the information on the MendMeShop web site.
Although skeptical, I purchased the wraps out of desperation, received the product, read all the literature for use and started into a daily routine.
Within 7 days I started to experience a reduction in the constant pain. Within 9 days I was walking without a constant reminder of the injury. I tried doing a ride and although the short 13 mile ride was enjoyable I started to feel the injury flair up again.
The injury is not completely healed but the progress I am experiencing gives me hope that with a continued discipline of home treatment using the products, gentle stretching and the use of wearing a brace on my foot while sleeping to prevent the tendon from retracting, will in time bring about the full healthy healing of the injured area.
I have found that you really have to be in tune with what you are feeling during the gentle stretching and often back off the stretch so as not to cause repetitive injury to the already weakened area of the Achilles insertion.