Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Thomas Mohr




Currently iontophoresis is used by many physical therapists on a variety of pathological conditions. Therefore, therapists must have a thorough understanding of this modality as to provide the best, most efficient care possible to our patients.

The purpose of this study is to provide clinicians with a review of the available literature on iontophoresis in physical therapy. The history and principles of iontophoresis are briefly discussed, followed by a review of the clinically performed studies. This section includes studies related to pain and range of motion, tissue repair, movement of fluids, and other diagnoses. Animal and in vitro experimental studies will accompany many of the clinical studies.

Many of the studies reviewed demonstrated relatively favorable results, but some of these were conducted in a non scientific manner. The decision to use iontophoresis must be made on an individual basis, and the therapist should make this decision only after reviewing the available literature on the specific case.