Electrotherapy is the use of electrical currents passing through the body to stimulate nerves and muscles. There are 2 types of electrotherapy, Ultrasound and Interferential.

These two types of treatment will only be used if the therapist feels it is a necessary type of treatment for problem they are treating. Having done the initial consultation and start off treatment the therapist will inform you if they feel it is relevant to undertake this type of treatment as part of your treatment plan/rehab.


This type of treatment is commonly used to reduce healing time on soft tissue injuries including ligaments, tendons, scar tissues and fibrous joint capsules. Ultrasound works by sending ultrasound waves through the skin causing a vibration in the surrounding tissues this can create heat and cause and damaged tissues to re-align allowing heeling to take place more effectively.


Interferential can be used to treat a large range of musculoskeletal injuries including those where swelling and muscle spasm are present. Joint pain can also be treated effectively by interferential stimulation. Specific injuries include back pain; frozen shoulder; patellofemoral knee pain; and meniscus injuries can benefit from interferential treatment.