Five common Iontophoresis medications in physical therapy

Five common Iontophoresis medications in physical therapy

April 12, 2022

It’s a form of electrical stimulation used to administer specific drugs in our bodies. A physical therapist will determine the type of treatment that is used. If this is the case, they will use drugs to reduce inflammation and sometimes decrease calcium deposits. It is important that you understand the treatment goals and the medication used. You can discuss your goals with physical therapists.


It is one the most commonly used anti-inflammatory medications and is used in iontophoresis treatments. It is a great tool for physical therapy to reduce inflammation and pain in conditions like tendonitis, which causes muscle inflammation. This drug reduces swelling and increases mobility

Acetic acid

Acetic acid can be used to treat conditions like calcific tendonitis or frozen shoulder. Acetic acid is used to reduce calcium deposits in the body. Once excess ossification has been reversed, deposits can be broken down and specific exercises are performed to restore motion and function.


It is a negatively charged ion used to treat scar tissue or keloid scars (excessive connective tissue growth at injury point). It can also be used for scar tissue massage.

Magnesium Sulfate

This medication is used to treat uncontrolled muscle contractions, also known as muscle spasms. It can be administered locally to help reduce muscle pain. Spasms can also be reduced to a minimum with this medication.


It can also be used to treat sclerotic conditions like tendonitis (break deposition of miners) or frozen shoulder. It improves blood flow to the area and reduces swelling.

Tap water

It may seem unbelievable, but tap water can also be used to treat excessive sweating in the feet or palms. Tap water can be used to create positive or negative electrodes in a foot or hand immersion bath.

Request An Appointment

Please fill out this form and we will contact you about scheduling.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.