Thursday, March 27, 2014

Home ultrasound

Laura Johannes, WSJ, Mar 18, 2014, tackles the subject of small, handheld or strapped on ultrasound devices for pain.

The handhelds can only give about a 15-min treatment, which may be too brief.

The wearables can be used 4-6 hours.

There are several small studies that show some pain relief for rotator cuffs, upper back, pelvis and knees.

Ultrasound warms up the area, which can provide some relief. They provide higher energy pulses than those used for imaging.

Often these are not covered by insurance and can run about $1,000.

Oh--and these are not recommended to be used where there is a cancer tumor--they can increase growth.

Pain is a giant obstacle to many in this country. Even a self-described 20% drop in pain can be beneficial. You have to decide.

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