Electrical stimulation in physical therapy

If you are suffering from any type of injury, suppose you are suffering from lower back pain, your health care provider will refer you to your physical therapist and a physical therapist along with another form of treatment will provide you with electrical stimulation therapy. It is also called e-stim therapy

What Is Electrical Stimulation?

It is one of the most effective modalities used in physical therapy by a physical therapist. The theory behind applying electrical current is that it helps strengthen your muscles and block pain signals from various trigger points of a body it also improves overall circulation if you are suffering from any injury which causes pain and due to pain you are unable to move easily e-stim may be used as a part of your rehabilitation process

Why Is E-Stim Used?

Electrical stimulation therapy is used to strengthen muscles, reduce pain, and control muscle contractions as well. It can be used to achieve the following outcomes

  • It can be used for reducing inflammation with other medicines or separately
  • Improve muscles that are weak or not functioning correctly
  • It can improve muscle tone and can strengthen muscles that are not functioning properly
  • It can help to deal with pain and muscle spasms

If you are suffering from painful muscle spasms muscle weakness and muscles are not contracting properly then it is one of the most effective treatments for you

The medical conditions which can be treated using E- stim are 

  • Pain due to harsh cancer treatments
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Trouble in swallowing
  • Fibromyalgia
  • All types of joint pain and arthritis
  • Adjusting muscle tone mostly for athletes or runners
  • Muscle injury because of any trauma
  • Nerve disorders such as inflammation of nerves
  • Poor muscular strength
  • Urinary system disorders
  • spinal cord injury
  • stroke
  • Inflammation of tendons


If your physical therapist is using electrical stimulation on you then make sure that you don’t suffer from any side effects such as the burning of skin, skin irritation, or tissue damage but if you feel an undesirable sharp pain during electrical stimulation therapy immediately ask your physical therapist to stop it. 


It is one of the most effective treatments used by physical therapists for treating a bunch of diseases but make sure that you are a perfect fit for electrical stimulation therapy because in some conditions electrical stimulation therapy can cause more harm to your body than benefit. In addition to that if you have any questions discuss them with your physical therapist so you can get maximum out of your electrical stimulation therapy
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