Pt has shoulder impingement, and and has patch placed on front L shoulder, told pain patch medication is absorbed by electricity flowing with TENS like device and additional patch is placed on back of same shoulder for electrical conduction.
Yes, there is a system where they use a patch that has a medication in it that they hook up to a TENS like unit with electrodes. I forget what it is called something like phonophoresis, lol. Anyway, I used at the physical therapist's for tendonitis in my elbow. Actually phonophoresis is the use of topical medication with ultrasound but there is one where they use medication with electrical stimulation. I don't know how much it helped but it didn't hurt any.
Hopefully someone will be able to tell you the name of this system,
It's called Iontophoresis - or ionto for short. It is usually done with a steroid medication and delivered into the skin through ultrasound but I see there is a patch that looks like it can be hooked up via Electric Stim, which is similar to a TENS unit, but not quite. The Stim is used in physical therapy and actually helps in the healing process where a TENS unit is used for blocking pain signals and pain relief. I did find a site online regarding AtivaPatch - see http://www.activapatch.com/. Hope this helps.
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