I O N T O P H O R E S I S

Iontophoresis is a treatment for muscle problems and inflamed joints. In many situations it is a preferred mode of treatment as compared to injections. The practice was developed several hundreds of years ago. It involves applying various medications through the skin by use of direct current. In our office we use a low-volt direct electrical current unit. The medication is in a form of ion which acts as an anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medication. The treatment lasts about 30 minutes. During this time the medicine penetrates the skin into the painful area, and often requires several applications over the subsequent visits in order to treat the condition. The advantages of using iontophoresis are:

  • Less invasive as compared to injections
  • It is portable
  • Cost effective
  • Does not effect liver since is not injested
  • Diminished chance of overdose

Some people with skin sensitivities should not get this type of treatment as the treated area can develop skin rash or blistering. Iontophoresis is indicated in treating the:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Gout
  • Muscle tissue calcium deposit

This treatment is limited to the injured tissue that is about half an inch deep. It is recommended to change your treatment method to iontophoresis if your condition did not respond to the regular method of treatment by injections or medication taken orally.

In our office we use the "Phoresor II .picture of iontophoresis unitpicture of iontophoresis unit