ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Our office uses electrical stimulation (e-stim) for treating many sport, work, and motor vehicle related injuries. Electrical stimulation is used in physical therapy generally to stimulate muscle contractions, to decrease the pain level, and in conjunction with hot or cold pack, to increase blood flow to the area. The situations that would use this type of modality are strokes, paralysis, spinal chord injuries, joint sprains and strains including joint arthritis. Electric stimulation is also comonly used in:

  • Pain management
  • Edema control
  • Improves arterial, venous, and lymphatic flow
  • Joint range of motion
  • Treatment of many neuromuscular problems
  • Iontophoresis (application of medicine through skin)
  • Wound care and tissue repair
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence
  • Muscle re-education

electric stimulation unit There are many companies electric stimulation unitmaking these units. Our office uses two units. Although they have different shapes they provide the same funtions. E-Stim uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes on the skin in affected areas the physical therapist can work on the injured musculature. Musle contraction with E-stim will provide some degree of strengthening. There is also the benefit of blood flow improvement with muscle contraction. Smaller portable units called TENS (transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation, are available for home use.