The Use of Bone Growth Stimulators in the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis Background: The goal of this research was to explore if using Ultrasound Bone Growth Stimulators for knee osteoarthritis was beneficial. There is evidence that osteoarthritis of the knee is primarily a subchondral bone disease accompanied with joint changes. Osteoarthritis of the knee may be treated with bone growth stimulators because it contains fibrous tissue in the subchondral bone, and bone growth stimulators function by transforming fibrous tissue in the callus of fracture nonunion into normal bone. The participants in this pilot trial were ten patients with verified osteoarthritis of the knee. Before and after therapy with noninvasive bone growth stimulators, each patient’s pain and quality of life were rated on three different scales. A total of eight patients were treated with ultrasound, one with pulsed electromagnetic fields, and one with combined magnetic fields. Nine of the eleven statistical tests performed on three different scales for ultrasound had a high level of significance. The complete scores on all three assessment scales improved by more than 80% for the participants who were treated with pulsed electromagnetic fields and combined magnetic fields.
On three separate scales for ultrasound, nine of the eleven statistical tests exhibited a high level of significance. The subjects who were treated with pulsed electromagnetic fields and coupled magnetic fields increased their overall scores on all three evaluation scales by more than 80%.
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Dr. Breanna Willeford
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, USA.
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas Campus, USA.
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