Modern medicine has a whole range of physiotherapy procedures aimed at improving the health of patients, relieving pain and stabilizing the condition. Many of them are painless, do not cause any discomfort, do not require much time and are quite accessible. One of these procedures, phonophoresis with cortisone, is indicated for people suffering from diseases of the joints.
Phonophoresis for large and small
Phonophoresis involves treatment with drugs that enter the body through the skin. In order to make the treatment more effective, the procedure is carried out with the help of ultrasonic waves, which increase skin permeability, improve blood circulation, restore metabolic processes at the cell level, enhance regeneration, relieve swelling and pain.
The choice of drugs that can be used for phonophoresis should be approached carefully. Many drugs change their properties under the influence of ultrasonic waves, so the doctor must prescribe treatment.
In the list of approved drugs one of the main places is taken by hydrocortisone - glucocorticosteroid, which has anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antipruritic effect. Phonophoresis with hydrocortisone is performed in two modes:
- Pulsed (softer) is the arrival of ultrasonic waves of short duration, periodically;
- Continuous mode is accompanied by a thermal effect.
From people who have resorted to phonophoresis with hydrocortisone, reviews come in very different. Most patients report a significant improvement in their condition, relief of pain. But about 30% of respondents indicate a short-term exacerbation of the disease during the course. The course consists, as a rule, of 10 procedures. After 2-3 sessions, paroxysmal pain associated with an increase in blood circulation in the affected joint may occur. In the second half of the course, the condition improves. If the pain syndrome increases, is accompanied by swelling, skin manifestations, then it is necessary to inform the attending physician about it, it is quite possible that an individual reaction to the drug or phonophoresis as a whole is manifested in this way.
Tatyana, 28 years old:“After the operation on gynecology (ectopic pregnancy), the doctor prescribed a course of phonophoresis with hydrocortisone. He went along with medicines and other physiotherapy. She got pregnant six months later, gave birth to a healthy boy. Phonophoresis helped a lot, there were no complications. you must be protected during treatment "
Oleg, 64 years:"I suffer from gonarthrosis. Anyone who encounters him will understand me. Sometimes you cannot take a step, it hurts to tears, and I am an adult man! I take courses of phonophoresis with hydrocortisone several times a year, save for a while, there is no pain or , at least, not so strong, you can walk almost normally "-
Who is phonophoresis recommended for?
Phonophoresis with hydrocortisone has a lot of indications:
- Various diseases of the joints, including arthritis and arthrosis;
- ENT diseases;
- Removal of scars and scar tissue;
- Skin diseases (eczema, neurodermatitis);
- Nervous and mental disorders;
- Childhood enuresis;
- Gynecological diseases, including those accompanied by inflammatory and adhesive processes in the pelvis
The range of application of the procedure is quite wide, phonophoresis with hydrocortisone on the knee joint helps to recover from injury, to relieve pain in gonarthrosis.
However, there are a lot of contraindications for phonophoresis with hydrocortisone:
- Blood disorders;
- Chronic pyelonephritis;
- Pulmonary tuberculosis (active form);
- Infectious diseases;
- Pustules and boils on the skin;
- Thyroid pathology;
- Individual intolerance
Like any other procedure, phonophoresis with hydrocortisone is not a panacea for the above diseases, but with proper purpose and complex use, it gives good results, allowing you to ease and improve the patient's condition. There are special devices that allow phonophoresis with hydrocortisone at home, but even in this case, the doctor should prescribe the treatment.