Electrotherapy has been documented to help in acute and chronic pain making use of multiple factors. Various modalities used have varying modes of action but ultimately yeild to the same result. The focus remains on reduction of pain an swelling which when supplemented with rest and medications help tide over the painful stage of the disease.
This relief has been documented to be short lived and temporary. So, it becomes imperative to be compliant to therapy as per expert advise to have better relief. Non-compliance may have deleterious effect on pain relief. Also, we advise the patients only with severe or chronic symptoms to undergo electrotherapy sessions as per their pain tolerance.
This eventually helps to regain the regular exercises which provide complete and permanent relief for the problem.
The evidence base to support the use of electrotherapy modalities as a component of practice is extensive, despite popular claims that these ‘agents’ lack evidence. There are very few occasions where an electrotherapy modality employed in isolation is the most effective intervention. Used as a part of a package of care, the evidence is strong and supportive.
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