One article on PainSci cites van den Bekerom 2011: Does Ultrasound Therapy Work?
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An inconclusive but discouraging review of “five small placebo-controlled trials” of therapeutic ultrasound for ankle sprains; the authors reckon the “potential treatment effects of ultrasound appear to be generally small and of probably of limited clinical importance.”
~ Paul Ingraham
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AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: The evidence from the five small placebo-controlled trials included in this review does not support the use of ultrasound in the treatment of acute ankle sprains. The potential treatment effects of ultrasound appear to be generally small and of probably of limited clinical importance, especially in the context of the usually short-term recovery period for these injuries. However, the available evidence is insufficient to rule out the possibility that there is an optimal dosage schedule for ultrasound therapy that may be of benefit.
- “The effectiveness of therapeutic ultrasound for musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb: A literature review,” Shanks et al, Foot (Edinb), 2010.
- “Therapeutic ultrasound for osteoarthritis of the knee or hip,” Rutjes et al, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2010.
- “Effect of therapeutic ultrasound on tendons,” Tsai et al, Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 2011.
- “Therapeutic ultrasound for carpal tunnel syndrome,” Page et al, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013.
- “Therapeutic ultrasound for chronic low-back pain,” Ebadi et al, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2014.
- “The efficacy of therapeutic ultrasound for rotator cuff tendinopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” Desmeules et al, Physical Therapy in Sport, 2015.
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