What is Physiotherapy?
The use of physiotherapy during your treatment allows Dr. Picarello to help address the patients muscle spams, swelling and inflammation. By addressing the soft tissue aspect of a patients condition, it can further accelerate the healing process. Physiotherapy techniques in our office include: Ultrasound, Interferential Therapy (IFC), Hot and Cold Modalities and Massage.
Therapeutic ultrasound is a form of deep heat therapy created by sound waves. When applied to soft tissue and joints, the sound wave are a form of micro-massage. Ultrasound is especially useful in relieving acute episodes of pain and to enhance tissue healing.
Hot and Cold Modalities
Ice therapy is often used to reduce swelling and help control pain immediately after an injury. Heat therapy is used to relax the muscles and increase circulation and can provide relief to patients with chronic pain. Depending on your condition, a combination of ice and heat can be used.
Interferential current therapy (IFC) is applied with the use of electrodes that reaches greater depths over a lager volume of tissue than most other forms of electrical therapy. IFC is used to help manage pain, edema and inflammation due to muscle irritation from trauma or degenerative changes.