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Therapeutic Modalities, E-Stim, Ultrasound, and Iontophoresis in Miami, FL

The overarching goal of physical therapy is to help men and women in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas to achieve a full range of motion and improved quality of life. By incorporating therapeutic modalities, E-Stim, ultrasound and iontophoresis into your treatment plan, Advanced Sport and Spine Therapy accelerates the healing and recovery processes.

Physical therapy is most often associated with treatments that involve trained medical professionals applying direct pressure to an affected area to promote healing and mobility. In many cases, though, outcomes are enhanced by utilizing specially-designed medical devices known as “therapeutic modalities.” These devices may be as simple as an ice pack or as complex as our E-Stim, ultrasound, and iontophoresis systems.

What are Therapeutic Modalities, E-Stim, Ultrasound, and Iontophoresis?

“Therapeutic modalities” is a medical phrase that describes the tools and equipment that are used by our physical therapists as part of a patient’s treatment plan. As a leading physical therapy facility in the Miami area, Advanced Sport and Spine offers three of today’s most advanced clinically proven therapeutic modalities:

  • E-Stim, or electrical stimulation, for treating joints as well as soft and connective tissues.
  • Ultrasound to treat muscles and soft tissues.
  • Iontophoresis to enhance recovery and healing.

Benefits of Therapeutic Modalities, E-Stim, Ultrasound, and Iontophoresis

Each of our advanced therapeutic modalities provides unique benefits to our patients:

  • E-Stim uses a mild and safe electrical current to strengthen muscles and reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain.
  • Ultrasound relaxes tissues and breaks down scar tissue (adhesions).
  • Iontophoresis delivers localized, high concentrations of medications and other substances through the skin without injections.

How will Therapeutic Modalities, E-Stim, Ultrasound and Iontophoresis Help Me?

The primary benefit of therapeutic modalities, E-Stim, ultrasound and iontophoresis treatments for our patients is an accelerated healing and recovery period. These techniques target the cause of your mobility issues with a precision that is not possible via traditional physical therapy treatments.

The Procedure for Therapeutic Modalities, E-Stim, Ultrasound, and Iontophoresis

Incorporating therapeutic modalities into your treatment plan only requires that your physical therapist applies a special medical device to the treatment area.

E-Stim treatments take less than 15 minutes in most cases. The electric current is delivered at very low levels, so you remain comfortable during the treatment, although the sensation may feel very unusual. Depending on your individual treatment needs, the physical therapist applies the electrical stimulation according to three techniques:

  • Inferential stimulation for treating joints.
  • Pre-mod stimulation that is typically performed after manual therapy.
  • Russian stimulation to strengthen muscles.

For ultrasound treatments, the physical therapist places a round probe on your skin. The device delivers ultrasound energy into the soft tissues. You may experience a slight warming sensation during the treatment.

Iontophoresis treatment uses a special device to deliver electrical energy and medications through your skin. Some patients do experience mild discomfort during the procedure. As the electrical energy is delivered, you may feel a slight tingling or pinching sensation. If you cannot tolerate the treatment, your physical therapist can decrease the intensity or recommend alternative therapies.

Are Treatments Involving Therapeutic Modalities, E-Stim, Ultrasound and Iontophoresis Covered by My Insurance?

At Advanced Sport and Spine Therapy, we understand that you want the most effective treatment for your neck and back issues. Most insurance plans include physical therapy services, but there may be some limitations and exclusions for specific treatments. Our patient coordinator works with you and your insurance carrier to ensure that your out-of-pocket expenses are manageable.

Therapeutic modalities complement traditional physical therapy treatments by enhancing the healing process. If you live in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding areas and are interested in finding out how therapeutic modalities, E-Stim, ultrasound, and iontophoresis can help you, contact us to schedule a personal consultation.

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