Washington: A new report has suggested that ultrasound can speed up the healing of fractures.A randomised controlled trial found that the use of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in patients with tibial fractures, which showed inadequate progress toward healing, resulted in 34 pc greater bone mineral density (BMD) in the fracture area after 16 weeks than use of a sham device. Jon E. Block, Ph.D. worked with a team of researchers from University Hospital Marburg and the University of Ulm, Germany, to test LIPUS in 51 patients and 50 controls. Smith and Nephew, a manufacturer of ultrasound devices, supported their research.
According to Block, "This is the first study to offer Level-I evidence of this effect in a single fracture type". The trial has bee reported in the open access journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. ANI
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