There are some physical modalities which in certain cases can provide additional pain relief and accelerated healing. Some of these more common modalities include muscle stimulation, interferential stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, roller massage, and traction.
What is an Physical modalities?
Physical modalities for the relief of pain are an important aspect of pain management and a time-honored adjunct of medical and interventional pain management. These modalities often serve to supplement and enhance interventional and pharmacological interventions. Physical modalities refer to any therapeutic medium that uses the transmission of energy to or through the patient. Physical forces such as heat, cold, pressure, water, light, sound, or electricity can be used as adjunctive treatment for the purpose of decreasing pain. In general, physical modalities are not meant to replace medical or other interventions; rather, they are intended to enhance overall outcomes.