October 15, 2010
Ultrasounds Improve Bone Healing
(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ A simple ultrasound can speed up the healing of fractures. The use of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in patients with tibial fractures, which weren't healing as quickly as usual, resulted in 34% greater bone mineral density (BMD) in the fracture area after 16 weeks than use of a sham device.
The researchers tested LIPUS in 51 patients and 50 controls. "These findings demonstrate significantly greater progress toward bone healing after LIPUS treatment compared to no LIPUS treatment in subjects with established delayed unions of the tibia," Jon E. Block, Ph.D. from University Hospital Marburg and the University of Ulm, Germany was quoted as saying. "This should assist in establishing this non-invasive modality as a viable, effective treatment option for patients suffering these injuries."
SOURCE: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, published online October 14, 2010