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 technique shows good results on tendons in the chronic phase¹ ² ³ and may be used for injuries, such as longstanding muscle injury⁴ and the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points⁵.
The application of USGET should be limited to trained professionals and under ultrasound guidance⁶
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, as they would limit the effectiveness of the treatment in the initial hours.
¹Abat et al, Randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of the ultrasound-guided galvanic electrolysis technique (USGET) versus conventional electro-physiotherapeutic treatment on patellar tendinopathy - Journal of Experimental Orthopedics (2016) 3:34
²Fernandez-Rodriguez et al, Prospective Randomized Trial of Electrolysis for Chronic Plantar Heel Pain - Foot & Ankle InternationalR 1–8
³Valera-Garrido et al, Ultrasound-guided percutaneous needle electrolysis in chronic lateral epicondylitis: short-term and long-term results - Acupunct Med 2014;32:446–454.
⁴Mattiusi 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
⁵Lopez-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.
⁶Abat et al, Abstract from Current trends in tendinopathy consensus of the ESSKA basic science committee consensus part II treatment options
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 Medical Director – Sports Traumatologist
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