Iontophoresis, a type of electrical stimulation used to administer specific medication into your body, is a therapeutic modality commonly used in physical therapy to treat a variety of conditions. The specific medication that is used in iontophoresis depends upon the goals of treatment. Some medications are used to decrease inflammation, while others are used to decrease calcium deposits in muscle and tendon tissue.
Only a licensed medical doctor can prescribe the use of dexamethasone (or other prescription medications) for use in iontophoresis. Dexamethasone is a steroidal anti-inflammatory medication used during iontophoresis treatments as part of your physician prescribed physical therapy. It is helpful in decreasing localized inflammation that occurs in musculoskeletal conditions, such as tendonitis or bursitis. Reduction in Inflammation often leads to decreased pain, decreased swelling, and increased tissue mobility and function.
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