Steroid iontophoresis is the use of a small electrical current to move cortisone through the skin into an inflamed area. This is very useful if you want to avoid an injection or where an injection may be dangerous.
Iontophoresis is a method for getting a corticosteroid drug down to an inflamed area without the need for an injection.The machine uses a small electrical current applied to an electrode. The electrode is soaked in Dexamethasone (a soluble steroid), and is placed over the inflamed area. Another electrode is placed on a nearby muscle.
The treatment is generally well tolerated and takes 20-30 minutes (so bring a book).
Where a steroid injection works well with a single injection, iontophoresis usually requires 3 treatments, a few days apart. It is very useful for superficial problems such as Achilles tendon pain, small joint inflammation and Tennis Elbow, but is not of use for deep problems where the current cannot reach.
This procedure can also be used when injections may not be recommended, such as children.
It is our belief that correct treatment requires an accurate diagnosis. The commencement of treatment to an injury without knowing the diagnosis goes against our ideals.
To enable the best form of treatment available, we utilise the services of a wide variety of like-minded health professionals with a special interest in sports medicine.
It is vitally important that you are actively involved in the decision making about your own care.
We certainly try to do nothing to people that would cause harm. Whilst some treatments will have inherent risks, there are other treatments where the risk is unacceptable.