Ultrasound-guided Galvanic Electrolysis Therapy
Triggering biological processes that generate new tissue.
Ultrasound-guided galvanic electrolysis (USGET) is a technique most commonly used on chronically affected tissue. A galvanic current flows through an acupuncture needle producing an inflammatory reaction in the tissue. The inflammatory reaction will trigger a host of biological processes in the body. These will ultimately start the generation of new immature collagen fibres. The fibres become mature by means of eccentric stimulus.
The application of USGET should be limited to trained professionals and under ultrasound guidance*
USGET and anti-inflammatory techniques
The aim of the inflammatory process is to bring the patient’s injury from a chronic to an acute phase. The use of anti-inflammatory techniques is not recommended during the first 72 hrs after treatment, as they would limit the effectiveness of the treatment in the initial phase.
*Abat F, et al. Current trends in tendinopathy: consensus of the ESSKA basic science committee. Part II: treatment options. J Exp Orthop. 2018 Sep 24;5(1):38.
¹Abat F, et al. Randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of the ultrasound-guided galvanic electrolysis technique (USGET) versus conventional electro-physiotherapeutic treatment on patellar tendinopathy. J Exp Orthop. 2016 Dec;3(1):34.
²Abat F, et al. Clinical results after ultrasound-guided intratissue percutaneous electrolysis and eccentric exercise in the treatment of patellar tendinopathy. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2015 Apr;23(4):1046-52.
³Mattiusi Moreno Muscles Ligaments and Tendons Journal 2016 6 2 248-252 Technical report Treatment of proximal hamstring tendinopathy related sciatic nerve entrapment presentation of IPE application
⁴Lopez-Martos et al, Randomized, dou￢ble-blind study comparing percutaneous electrolysis and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular myofascial pain. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2018 Jul 1;23 (4):e454-62.Cancel
Part of a bigger plan
Combine therapies to get the results you need.
Electrolysis treatment triggers the inflammatory process. It is recommended to combine electrolysis with other treatments. Eccentric, inertial exercises work very well for these injuries and are a very useful way to stimulate tissue.
Combining the biological phase, which is the electrolysis stimulation, with the mechanical phase and subsequent mechanotransduction of the tissues will be achieved through exercise.
The electrolysis treatment produces pain that normally lasts 48 to 72 hours. This pain is mild, and the patient can usually handle it by taking paracetamol. It is though always advisable, after electrolysis treatment, to apply TECAR therapy and lower that perception of pain while stimulating the tissue at the same time.
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What we want is to obtain a biological change in the tissue treated and for it to become healthy and mature over time and through exercise.Dr. Ferran Abat (MD.PhD) Sports Orthopaedic – Specialist in tendon and muscle injuries
Pathologies¹ currently treated with electrolysis therapy*
- Lateral elbow tendinopathy
- Medial elbow tendinopathy
- Quadriceps tendinopathy
- Hamstring tendinopathy
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Rotator cuff tendinopathy
- Shoulder bursitis
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis
- Neck and shoulder muscles
- Calf muscles
- Lateral knee ligament
- Lateral foot/ ankle ligaments
Myofascial pathologies trigger points
- Neck and shoulder
- Soleus/ Gastrocnemius
- Baker’s cyst
- Haglund’s syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
*For some of the pathologies, results are encouraging, however more clinical evidence is needed
1D’almeida et al; seguridad de la tecnica Mep (percutaneous microelectrolisis) 2019 ; 26 (2) : 190-195 Fysioterap. Pesqui