At BIOKINETIC Physical Therapy we use the following electrotherapeutic treatment tools: Ultrasound, Interferential Current (IFC) and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS).
During ultrasound, high frequency sound waves are applied to the tissues to accelerate the rate of healing by spurring on the inflammatory process and increasing the extensibility of scar tissue. It is a painless, non-invasive procedure.
IFC & TENS use medium frequency currents applied to the skin via electrodes to decrease pain by modulating the pain pathways to reduce the perception of pain. This is a non-invasive procedure which produces a sensation similar to ‘pins and needles’.
Electrotherapy can be used for any conditions that require pain relief or the control of inflammation. However, at BKSPT, we typically use these treatments for acute injuries (e.g. an ankle sprain) or isolated problems (e.g. tennis elbow). We observe an intelligent use of electrotherapy in conjunction with other treatment techniques, such as exercise rehabilitation and joint mobilization.
Joint & Spinal Mobilization
Mobilization is when a physical therapist uses a controlled amount of force to move the surfaces of a joint. Joint mobilizations lubricate the joint and help to relax muscle spasm. Gentle mobilizations are used for pain relief while more forceful, deeper mobilizations are effective for decreasing joint stiffness.
They are a very effective means of treating spinal and joint pain and stiffness. Both techniques are very safe with complications being extremely rare. BKSPT physical therapists have extensive training in this treatment and attend regular courses to ensure they are using the most up-to-date, safe techniques.
Patients whose mobility has been compromised by injury or pain, are affected by muscle weakness and a general lack of fitness. At BKSPT we believe that exercise rehabilitation is the key to ensuring that not only do you get better, but you stay better. It is therefore an essential part of your care. Our aim is to empower you with the right knowledge and skills so that you can manage your condition in the long term and decrease your chance of the same problem/injury recurring in the future.
Many patients, having suffered an injury, are fearful that exercising the painful area will make the pain worse. Unfortunately, in many cases this avoidance of exercise is the very reason why the injury has never fully recovered.
In order for us to get you back in action as quickly and effectively as possible, your rehabilitation may include a combination of hands-on techniques, such as mobilization and massage, together with a specifically designed exercise program, which could include stretching and strengthening exercises, Pilates, postural re-training, and cardiovascular endurance and fitness.
Exercise rehabilitation is the core element of all conditions we treat. Whatever your circumstance, we’ll provide you with a tailor-made program which is implemented at a rate compatible with your personal goals.