Iontophoresis

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This is a SAFE way to deliver medication for serious pain, inflammation, and most importantly degenerative joint disease.

The medication is transferred through the skin using low-level electrical current as the means of transfer in a process called phoresing. Medications are put on special pads, which are applied directly to the injured site.

This is similar to the transdermal patches for smoking or birth control that use a chemical reaction whereas iontophoresis uses current to make the transfer. The trace amounts of drugs administered in an ionized form do not cause tissue damage or infections as injections can.

Your veterinarian will need to prescribe the medications and help you monitor the treatments for best outcome.

*Iontophoresis is a procedure that requires veterinary prescribed medications.

CONDITIONS IONTOPHORESIS CAN TREAT:

  • Ligament tears, strains, sprains, and lesions (holes)
  • Tendon tears, strains, sprains and lesions (holes)
  • Heel pain
  • Calcification (ringbone, side bone, hock fusion, curb)
  • Splints
In addition to soothing and helping to heal tendons and ligaments, iontophoresis is worth pursuing for bone spurs, ringbone, and any calcification in general. By phoresing these areas, iontophoresis appears to help stop the active progress of these bony changes to some degree.
Calcification creates rough, pitted, bony surfaces that cause mild to severe discomfort for horses. Phoresing can help smooth the rough edges, which allows tissues, such as ligaments, the ability to glide smoothly again. The ringbone or other calcification might still be present, but a little sanding can make all the difference in the horses comfort. As an example, people can always feel the pain of tiny slivers in their fingers or pebbles in a shoe, and similarly even though the horse's calcifications are small it can make a horse miserable with pain. When thought of in this way, it is clear how phoresing can often work wonders for horses.
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