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Physical Modalities

Physical modalities help manage your pain, improve your function as part of Multimodal approach to management of Pain.
At Compendious Medical Care we encourage safe, as tolerated Home exercise programs if applicable to your situation. We will provide you with referrals for area chiropractors and physical therapist to assist you with your pain management and improvement of your function. Physical therapists may use various modalities such as:


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Ultrasound


A handheld transducer is moved over an injured area in a circular motion. The transducer produces sound waves that heat tendons, muscles, and other tissues to improve blood flow and accelerate the process of healing.

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Phonophoresis


Phonophoresis is the ultrasound-based technique to facilitate the delivery of topical drugs. This technique has proven effective in improving dexamethasone absorption, a glucocorticoid used for anti-inflammatory purposes. Ultrasound waves dilate surrounding blood vessels, enhancing blood stream uptake.

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Iontophoresis


Iontophoresis is a form of E-stim used for drug administration. Iontophoresis has been effective in supplying dexamethasone for anti-inflammatory purposes, to heal soft tissue injuries. to decrease inflammation and avoid muscle spasms.

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Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation


Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation is a form of E-stim used to treat acute and chronic pain. Different frequencies activate different receptors of pain, sending non-painful stimuli into the nervous system.

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Heat


Dry heat for subacute and chronic injuries, as well as alleviating delayed onset muscle soreness. “Deep heating” methods, dry heat only significantly affects skin, fat and other superficial tissues.

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Moist Heat


Moist heat is another form of superficial heat therapy works by the same mechanisms as dry heat. Damp heat packs are applied to damaged areas. Moist heat penetrates deeper and more rapidly into damaged tissues and enables more significant improvements in functionality.

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Cold


Cold or ice therapy is used during the acute healing phase to minimize blood flow and inflammation. It reduces inflammation after exercise in an affected joint or muscle, making it a useful form of post-exercise.

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Light Therapy


Light therapy involves applying lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and other light sources to injured tissue. Light treatments are usually effective in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, and even wound healing.

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