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Study supports low-intensity pulsed ultrasound for treatment of fracture nonunions

Study supports low-intensity pulsed ultrasound for treatment of fracture nonunions
June 22, 2017

Read the Perspective from William M. Ricci, MD

Findings from this systematic review and meta-analysis indicated low-intensity pulsed ultrasound may be a viable alternative treatment for fracture nonunions.

“[There] is documented efficacy and benefit shown when [low-intensity pulsed ultrasound] LIPUS treatment is used as an alternative to surgery for established nonunions,” study coauthor J. Tracy Watson, MD, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “With a strict definition of nonunion reviewed, the rate of healing approached 84%. This modality was shown to be most effective when used on hypertrophic nonunions and when this treatment was initiated as soon as the last surgical procedure was deemed unsuccessful in achieving union. LIPUS treatment may be useful in those patients for whom surgery is high risk.”

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