Open Access Research Article

Efficacy of Sustained Acoustic Medicine as an Addon to Traditional Therapy in Treating Sport-related Injuries : Case Reports

David O Draper1*, Aaron Wells1 and Kevin Wilk2

1Brigham Young University, USA

2Champion Sports Medicine, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: August 26, 2020;  Published Date: September 21, 2020


Context: Musculoskeletal injuries are prevalent in sports, and the application of Sustain Acoustic Medicine (SAM) as a home-use add-on therapy to reduce pain and to increase the probability of athletes returning to sports was evaluated in a case series.

Objectives: To examine the improvements in pain and return to function of athletes using SAM in conjunction with traditional therapies after sustaining sports-related musculoskeletal injuries.

Introduction: Traditional treatments such as rest, physical therapy, manual therapy, a combination of rest, ice compression, and elevation (RICE) are standard of care for musculoskeletal injuries and do not provide adequate accelerated healing to return athletes to activity. SAM is an FDA-approved bio-regenerative technology, which can provide mechanotransductive and thermal stimuli to accelerate tissue healing and reduction in pain daily. Interventions: A case series of 18 athletes who showed little or no improvement with traditional therapies where prescribed SAM treatment as an add-on daily home-use intervention. The study included athletes with sports musculoskeletal injuries, including the arm/shoulder, upper leg/glutes/hips, knees, back, and foot/ankle. Clinical outcomes were recorded along with the ability of athletes’ ability to go back to sports, and satisfaction and usability measures of the home treatment. Results: All athletes were satisfied with the usability and comfort of the therapy and 93%reported the therapy was sufficiently discrete. Clinical outcomes indicate all athletes showed an average pain decrease of 3.33±0.82 (p≤0.05) numerical rating scales (NRS), improvement in function, and quality of life. 87% of the athletes documented an improvement in function, and 55% were able to return to sports after conservative intervention failed. Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that SAM improves athletes’ clinical outcomes. Over 50% of athletes were able to return to sports and resume normal daily function after conservative intervention had failed with addition of daily SAM treatment.

Keywords: Low-Intensity Ultrasound; Continuous Ultrasound; Long-Duration Ultrasound; Athletic Training; Clinical Trial, Musculoskeletal Injury, Musculoskeletal Healing, Acute Pain; Chronic Pain

Abbreviations: RICE: Rest, Ice, compression, and Elevation; NSAIDs: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs; LICUS: Low-intensity continuous ultrasound; SAM: Sustained Acoustic Medicine; ACL: Anterior Cruciate Ligament; NRS: Numerical Rating Scale; WOMAC: Western Ontario McMaster Osteoarthritis Index

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