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Are iontophoresis and phono interchangeable?

No - no ionization takes place with ultrasound.


Describe Leduc's classic experiment:

To show that ionic medication could penetrate intact skin and produce local and systemic effects in animals he used two rabbits connected in the same current. One rabbit by a positive electrode soaked in a positive ion posion, the other connected to a negative electrode soaked in negative ion poison. Both rabbits died. When reversed neither rabbit was harmed.


Iontophoresis solutions indication and polarity: acetic acid

calcium deposits (-)


Iontophoresis solutions indication and polarity: dexamethasone sodium phosphate

inflammatory conditions (-)


Iontophoresis solutions indication and polarity: licocaine hydrochloride

skin anesthesia (+)


Iontophoresis solutions indication and polarity: potassium iodide

scar tissue (-)


Iontophoresis solutions indication and polarity: water

hyperhidrosis (alternate)


Iontophoresis solutions indication and polarity: Zinc oxide

ulcers, antiseptic (+)


Why are the effects of iontophoresis longer lasting than phonphoresis?

ions in superficial tissue with limited blood allows for time to be used, phono delivers it deeper where there is more vascularization.


Does increased drug concentration increase amount delivered?



Are there concerns with using direct current?

Yes, intact skin cannot tolerate current density >1 mA/cm2


Ion transfer depends on what factors?

1.) the concentration of ions in the solution 2. The current density of the active electrode 3. duration and current flow


List the polar effect on treated tissues produced by the anode (positive)

hyperpolarizes nerve fibers, repels bases, hardens tissues, stops hemorrhage, sedates/calms, reduces pain in acute situations


List the polar effect on treated tissues produced by the cathode (negative)

depolarizes nerve fibers, attracts bases (more damaging to skin), softens tissues, increases hemorrhage, stiumlates, reduces pain in chronic situations


Why do burns occur with ionto?

poor technique: poor skin-electrode interfaces, intensity too high, velcro straps too tight, electrodes too small/dry/size differential between anode and cathode, wrong polarity, DC current used


Where should iontophoretic electrodes be placed?

active electrode over treatment tissues, depressive electrode about 18 inches away to encourage a greater depth of penetration.


What are the advantages of ionto vs injection?

No carrier fluids, reduced risk of infections to noninvasive application, relatively painless, local delivery without GI side effects


Disadvantages of ionto?

numerous tx's may be required, limited depth penetration, costly electrodes, there are risks of polar effects and skin damage, setup and application are time consuming


How many serial iontophoretic treatments are safe?

one - six of dexamethasone


Does the magnitude current determine the depth of penetration?

No, diffusion vs magnitude of current determines depth penetration. Low magnitude ma be more effective than those at 10-30 mins.


Do buffered electrodes stabilize skin pH under the cathode?

Normal treatment conditions between 20-40 mA/min do not require it, but it is effective at 80 mA/min


What is the piezoelectric effect?

The crystal in the sound head will mechanically respond or deform when subjeced to AC by expanding and contracting at the same frequency at which the current changes polarity. material in front of the crystal compresses the material in front of it, when the crystal contracts it rarefies the material in front of it.


What is the beam nonuniformity ration (BNR)?

Variability of US wave produced by the machine. A low ratio means more uniform treatment. A higher ratio ie 8 W, means a 1W setting could vary from 1-8W during tx.


What is the effective radiating area (ERA) of a transducer?

About the size of ultrasound head, and treatment area should only be 2-3 x this size


What are the nonthermal and thermal ranges for US?

nonthermal .1-.3 W/cm2, thermal is anything greater than .3 W/cm2


Reported nonthermal effects of US?

increases cell permability, increases vascular permeability, increases blood flow in chronically ischemic tissue, stimulates collagen synthesis, stimulates phagocytosis, promotes tissue regeneration, breakes down scar tissue in acute injuries, kills bacteria and viruses in chronic situations


What are reported thermal effects of US?

heats collagen-rich tissues, increases tissue elasticity of collagen-rich tissue, increases blood flow, increases pain threshold, decreases muscle spasm, decreases pain and joint stiffness, causes a mild inflammatory response


How does ultrasound frequency relate to depth of penetration?

Increasing frequency will decrease depth; 1 MHz 2-5 cm depth, 3MHz 1-2 cm depth


Will tissue temp increases in human muscle vary between pulsed and continuous US application?

The same heating effect occurs between pulsed and constant


Is a metal implant an absolute contraindication for the use of ultrasound?

No, however caution should be exercised becuase ultrasound is contraindicated over plastic implants and joint cement, which are often components of a total joint replacement.


Is US effective in treating calcific tendonitis of the shoulder?

Yes, it has been suggested that US tx helps resolve calcifications and is associated with short-term improvements in pain and quality of life. In a study by Ebenbichler pts received 24 15 min sessions at 25% pulsed at 2.5 W/cm2 over 6 wks. After 6 wks calcifications resoved in 19% of patients and decreased in 50% in 28 % of patients (0-10% in sham). 9 month F/U 42% resolved and improved in 23% vs 8% and 12% in sham.


Is there sufficient support for the use of US in PT?

From the most current reviews it would seem that there lacks quality research to support the use of US, but further research is needed to answer this question.


How does phonophoresis work?

Two theories: pressure by the ultrasound vs. changes in the permeability (US before treatment of a drug to the skin increases penetration and supports the second option)


Preferred dosage for phonophoresis?

high intensity and short time, or low intensity long time produce best results.


What concentrations of hydrocortisone are most effective?

10% for relieving pain associated with tendonitis or bursitis(vs 1%)


How many serial phonophoretic treatments are safe?

It is recommended that a second administration of phono should not be performed without consent of a physician to ensure that therapeutic levels are not exceeded.


What drugs can be administered by phono?

dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, iodine, lidocaine, magnesium sulfate, salicylates, sodium salicylate, zinc oxide


Provide an example of a topical NSAID that may be administered by phono?

Fastum gel (ketoprofen) - more effective with US vs topical only


Most efficiently transmitted topical antiinflammatory media used in phono?

Fluocinonide and methyl salicylate


Is phonophoresis effective in treating lateral epicondylitis

Baskurt et al suggests that phono of naproxen may be equally effective as ionto of naproxen in reducing pain and improving grip strength


Is laser tx effective for relieving symptoms of arthritis?

May be somewhat effective with RA, but inconsistent with OA. RA other treatments that may be helpfu - E-stim, thermotherapy, and US


Is low level laser therapy effective for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Irvine et al showed no difference from sham to real tx with laser.