Purpose of Technology
Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (US) bone growth stimulators apply low-intensity, pulsed, high-frequency acoustic pressure waves to a fracture site to stimulate bone growth and promote fracture healing. Bone growth stimulators have been developed to augment standard operative and nonoperative treatments for fresh fractures, delayed union, or fracture nonunion, and to promote healing of joint fusions.
Are US bone growth stimulators effective in promoting healing, reducing pain, or improving function when applied to fresh fractures, delayed union, or fracture nonunion?
Are US bone growth stimulators safe?
Have definitive patient selection criteria been established for US bone growth stimulators as treatment for fresh fractures, delayed union, or nonunion fractures?
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