Phonophoresis is a form of treatment that uses ultrasound waves to help pass a topical medicine or herbal remedy through the skin and into the injured body part. It is commonly used to reduce inflammation in a muscle, tendon, ligament or other soft tissue in the body. While inflammation is the natural healing process that occurs after an injury, it can also cause pain, swelling, redness and increased temperature in the inflamed body part.
Physical therapists have found that phonophoresis may be particularly helpful in treating tendonitis, bursitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), and arthritis, and there are reports that it is also effective in treating delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) which can occur after vigorous exercise.
The substances used most typically used during traditional phonophoresis treatments are anti-inflammatory medications, such as hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, salicylates, and lidocaine. At the Bresler Center, however, we are having even greater success using more natural remedies, such as cannabadiol (CBD) and other herbal topical agents. If you think that phonophoresis may be a treatment option for your specific condition, be sure to give us a call at 310-474-2777.