As most people involved in physical therapy know, there are some medical conditions and sports injuries in which hypodermic needles are not necessarily the best treatment option. For one thing, because therapy almost by definition involves several, ongoing treatments needles are too invasive a metScreen-Shot-2013-06-05-at-2.47.37-AM-470x265hod to be used repeatedly. For another, some people are averse to shots and to taking oral medications on a regular basis. For these reasons and others, there is an alternative drug delivery system that uses the process of Iontophoresis.  is a procedure that involves sending mild electrical currents through the skin. It is used mostly to treat a condition called hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) but is also used to treat sports injuries by non-invasive delivery of anti- inflammatory medications into the skin. At Team Medical, we have the Iontopatch that effectively uses this method of delivering medicine to people suffering from various medical conditions and injuries.

How the Iontopatch Works:

Our Iontopatch works when a healthcare professional adds an anti-inflammatory medication to a basin of water and allows a mild electrical current to be introduced to the affected part of the body. These currents can be delivered to the hands, feet and other parts of the body. The Iontopatch is intended to only be used by a trained healthcare provider. The process is safe, effective, completely pain free and in the case of physical injury needed only until the patient is no longer symptomatic.

Precautions When Using the Iontophoresis

Iontophoresis is relatively safe, however it is intended that only qualified medical professionals use it on their patients. Patients should tell their doctors (therapists) if they:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have epilepsy
  • Have a heart condition
  • Have a pacemaker or other metal implants, such as artificial joint replacements

The Effectiveness of the Iontopatch

Generally, people who have sports injuries require only a handful of five to 10 minute treatment sessions over the course of a week or two in order for proper healing to occur. After which, physical therapy, rest and nutrition can take over to assure a complete return to normal functioning. Our device comes in a container of six electrodes and has a built in battery. It is designed for an average of 4 hour patient wear time. Finally, many pathways lead to optimum health and recovery from injuries. Iontophoresis is one avenue that leads to the effective and safe treatment of chronic medical conditions and debilitating sports injuries. Order your Iontopatches from Team Medical Group before supplies run out!