Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is the use of electricity as a form of treatment for soft tissue injuries. We explain some of the various forms of electrotherapy treatment below.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is a form of Electrotherapy which has shown to be beneficial in the treatment of tendon injuries such as Achilles Tendinopathy and Tennis Elbow, as well as Plantar Fasciitis.

Exogen is a bone healing system which is used in treating fractures, especially those which are not healing naturally. It uses ultrasound waves to stimulate bone healing.

Interferential is a form of TENS which uses two alternating medium frequency currents. The two currents are applied simultaneously and where they cross, form an area of wave interference which results in a modulated frequency equal to the difference in frequency of the two waves.

Laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser is pure light which is produced by a series of reactions.

This type of therapeutic treatment is used regularly in people with chronic pain conditions. Treatment can either be pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) or static magnetic fields (SMF).

Pulsed short wave diathermy is a form of electrotherapy, similar to Ultrasound. It is sometimes also called pulsed electromagnetic energy.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a method of providing pain relief. As the name suggests, it involves the application of electrical current to the affected area. This is achieved via a number of electrodes that can be fixed to the skin.

Ultrasound has been used as a treatment modality for sports injuries by therapists over the last 50 years.

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