Pseudarthrosis (or “nonunions”) is the movement of a bone at the location of a fracture resulting from inadequate healing of the fracture.

Shock Wave Therapy & Pseudarthrosis

For over 20-years, shock wave treatment has been successfully used for the treatment of non-healing, or poorly healing, fractures in medical centers worldwide.

According to a study by the International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment shock wave therapy reduces suffering and recovery time in pseudarthrosis.

This is an extract from their study:

“Applying shock wave therapy saves the patients not only from elaborate surgery (extensive dissection of the non-union, removing scar tissue through milling and chiseling as well as bone transplants, mostly from the pelvic bone), but also from long hospital stays and possible following complications. While after surgery 10 to 30% of the cases develop more or less serious complications, with shock wave treatment only minor side-effects, if any, were observed (superficial swellings and superficial hematomas with no clinical impact). The first randomized controlled trial comparing surgical therapy to shockwave treatment for pseudarthrosis of long bones published in the world leading U.S. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) proved:

  • ESWT and surgery show practically the same success rates
  • Recovery was significantly accelerated in the patients receiving ESWT
  • Complications were significantly reduced in the patients receiving ESWT”

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