What is Electrotherapy?
Electrotherapy is one of the methods used in physical therapy. It consists of the symptomatic treatment of diseases of the neuromuscular system using currents. It is an integral part of the rehabilitation of physically disabled people.
Electrotherapy the healing effect of properly selected direct
The healing effect of properly selected direct, alternating or pulsed current is used during the treatment. Depending on the problems the patient is struggling with, the expected treatment effect, the current type, its intensity, and frequency should be selected.
Electric therapy primarily reduces and sometimes even eliminates pain. It soothes inflammation, reduces muscle tension, increases blood supply to tissues, accelerates regeneration, and protects against other nerve fibres' degenerative processes. In addition, this method supports the absorption of swelling and effusions in the joints resulting from injuries and overloads. It is worth emphasising that electrotherapy is safe, and you do not have to fear it.
Electrotherapy, having a broad impact on the body, allows you to achieve several positive therapeutic effects. However, it must perform several treatments for the therapy to be effective and bring lasting results. The physiotherapist will inform you about the number of treatments during the visit.
What diseases does electrotherapy help with?
Electrotherapy is used in the treatment of:
- diseases of the musculoskeletal system – e.g. arthrosis, degenerative, rheumatic and disc diseases, back pain, osteoporosis, inflammation of joints and periarticular tissues.
- diseases of the nervous system – including sciatica, brachialgia, chronic inflammation of the plexus and nerve roots, neuralgia, inflammation of the peripheral nerves, and neuralgia irritation of the nerve roots.
- diseases and pathological conditions of tissues – including scars and contractures, healing wounds and ulcers, resorption of exudates, hematomas and edemas.
- injuries and injuries – e.g. fractures, muscle injuries, pain associated with injuries.
- weakness and impairment of muscle work – e.g. reduction of muscle tension, electrostimulation of denervated muscles, stimulation of atrophying muscles, rehabilitation of spastic muscle paralysis, treatment of increased muscle tone, increase in muscle mass and strength.
- Spinal disc herniation,
- Chronic and acute back pain
- Rheumatic diseases,
- Soft tissue inflammation,
- Headaches, (trochanteric) joint
- Muscular dystrophy
- Post-traumatic conditions of the musculoskeletal system, e.g. after fractures,
- Pain associated with osteoporosis
- An implanted device (e.g. a pacemaker)
- Having an endoprosthesis or other metal implant
- Acute inflammation of the skin
- Skin changes
- Sensation disorders
- Personal intolerance of electricity