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Therapeutic ultrasound for acute ankle sprains

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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.

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