What is EPI® or percutaneous intratissue electrolysis?
Percutaneous Intratissue Electrolysis (EPI®) is an invasive physiotherapy technique that consists of the ultrasound-guided application of a galvanic current through an acupuncture-type needle that produces a local inflammatory process allowing phagocytosis and repair of the affected soft tissue (tendon, ligament, muscle, etc.) with subsequent analgesia. The galvanic electric current and the mechanical stimulation of the needle itself constitute physical agents in the therapeutic field of physiotherapy.
What benefits does it bring compared to other treatments?
It is a local treatment at the site of the injury. With the help of ultrasound it is applied directly on the altered and/or degenerated tissue
It manages to repair the affected tissue. EPI® is able to start a new proliferation process of the collagen tissue that is unstructured in these processes.
Modifications in the structure and mechanobiological behavior of soft tissue are immediate and in real time.
The effectiveness is high (around 80%) compared to conventional physiotherapy treatments (ultrasound, laser, Cyriax technique, diacutaneous fibrolysis, shock waves, etc.) or medical (drugs, infiltrations or surgery).
The frequency of relapses is low.
What are the clinical indications?
The application of percutaneous electrolysis has developed significantly in recent years, which has allowed it to be currently a treatment of choice in a significant number of injuries of the neuromusculoskeletal system such as:
- Chronic tendinopathies (tendonitis-patellar tendinosis, achilles, hamstrings, groin strain, epicondylitis, supraspinatus-rotatos cuff)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Acute and chronic muscle tears
- Myofascial pain syndrome (trigger points)
- Internal lateral knee ligament sprain
- Chronic ankle sprain
- Femoroacetabular impingement
- Ankle impingement
- Retractions of posterior capsule of the knee
- Tibial periostitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Morton’s neuroma
How is the technique?
Local and safe application (directly to the area of injury and without risks thanks to ultrasound).
Personalized technique (we adapt the technique to each patient).
Applied by physiotherapists who are experts in percutaneous electrolysis and ultrasound.
Scientifically endorsed. Our results support us.