Effects of Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound in Tendon Injuries

Author: Yujie Li1, Wei Li2, Xinyue Liu1, Xueli Liu1, Bin Zhu1, Sheng Guo3, Chenglong Wang3, Dingxuan Wang1, Sen Li3, Zhongfa Zhang2
1 Institute of Physical Education, Southwest Medical University, Luzhou, Sichuan, China.
2 Orthopaedics Department, Hejiang County People's Hospital, Luzhou, Sichuan, China.
3 Spinal Surgery Department, The Affiliated Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Southwest Medical University, Luzhou, Sichuan, China.
Conference/Journal: J Ultrasound Med
Date published: 2023 Apr 20
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1002/jum.16230. , Word Count: 117

Tendon injuries are the most common soft tissue injuries, caused by tissue overuse and age-related degeneration. However, the tendon repair process is slow and inefficient due to the lack of cellular structure and blood vessels in the tendon. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) has received increasing attention as a non-invasive, simple, and safe way to promote tendon healing. This review summarizes the effects and underlying mechanisms of LIPUS on tendon injury by comprehensively examining the published literature, including in vitro, in vivo, and clinical studies. This review reviewed 24 studies, with 87.5% showing improvement. The application of LIPUS in tendon diseases is a promising field worthy of further study.

Keywords: low-intensity pulsed ultrasound; tendon injury; ultrasound therapy.

PMID: 37079603 DOI: 10.1002/jum.16230