Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics

MTS Spark Wave® Therapy – successfully treating musculoskeletal disorders

Pain of the musculoskeletal system can seriously affect the mobility of the patient and their participation in daily life. With innovative Spark Wave Therapy, an effective alternative to medicinal and surgical treatments has been established for a multitude of orthopaedic indications. Spark Wave Therapy represents a non-invasive therapy option. It is considered to be safe, easily tolerable and effective.

MTS Spark Waves® – successfully treating musculoskeletal disorders

Pain of the musculoskeletal system can seriously affect the mobility of the patient and their participation in daily life. With innovative Spark Wave Therapy, an effective alternative to medicinal and surgical treatments has been established for a multitude of orthopaedic indications. Spark Wave Therapy represents a non-invasive therapy option. It is considered to be safe, easily tolerable and effective.

How does MTS Spark Wave® Therapy work in orthopaedics?

In sub-acute and chronic stages, MTS Spark Waves re-initiate the stagnant healing process, in acute stages they initiate a rapid and effective healing phase. They stimulate the natural healing powers of the tissue and induce following biological reactions at the cellular level:

  • Formation of endogenous, angiogenic growth factors such as VEGF, eNOS, etc.
  • Activation, recruitment and differentiation of parenchymal and mesenchymal stem cells
  • Regeneration of the injured tissue
  • New formation of blood vessels
  • Improved blood supply and cell proliferation

Taken together, these factors stimulate the body’s own regenerative and repairing processes, promote the development of new and healthy tissue and result in improved alleviation of the symptoms during the healing process.

Which orthopaedic indications is MTS Spark Wave® Therapy qualified for?

  • Impingement syndrome with or without tendinosis calcarea (calcifying tendinitis)
  • Epicondylitis humeri radialis and ulnaris
  • Plantar fasciitis & heel spur
  • Patella tendon syndrome
  • Pseudarthrosis (also infected and in the chronic state)
  • Achillodynia (painful heel syndrome)
  • Myofascial pain syndrome (treatment of trigger points)
  • Avascular bone necrosis

How is the treatment conducted?

The treatment is usually carried out on an outpatient basis and without the need for anaesthesia. The treatment area is determined through palpation, or X-ray according to the diagnosis. Prior to the therapy, ultrasound gel is applied and the therapy head is moved across the affected area while releasing the Spark Wave pulses. The quantity and intensity can vary depending on the indication.

Treatment duration & number of treatments

The actual treatment only takes about four to six minutes. Experience shows that about one to three therapy sessions at intervals of one to two weeks are sufficient for a satisfactory result.

Science Literature

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Successful treatment of non-unions with orthogold280®

Pseudarthrosis is defined as a false joint that emerged from a non-healing fracture. It manifests itself if healing of a fracture has not been achieved within six months after a fracture. Non-unions occur in 5 to 10 % of all fracture patients. They are usually very painful and limit the mobility of the person affected.

The current standard of care for the treatment of pseudarthrosis comprises debridement of the pseudarthrotic tissue, cleaning of the fragment edges, insertion of autologous cancellous bone and stabilization with osteosynthetic material. However, these surgical procedures are very costly, they are time consuming, are associated with a high complication rate and, most concerning, extremely traumatic for the patient.

Consequently, there is a high interest for a non-invasive, effective and efficient treatment alternative for pseudarthrosis. Spark Wave Therapy with orthogold280 represents an exceptional treatment alternative.

How do Spark Waves® work in the treatment of non-unions?

Spark Waves exert various effects on bone tissue. Generally speaking, they stimulate the re-initiation of stagnant healing processes in subacute and chronic conditions and appear to initiate a more rapid and effective healing in acute conditions. Spark Waves activate the natural healing mechanisms of the tissue and induce – amongst others – following biological reactions at the cellular level:

  • Formation of endogenous, angiogenic growth factors, such as VEGF, eNOS, etc.
  • Activation, recruitment and differentiation of parenchymal and mesenchymal stem cells
  • Regeneration of the injured tissue
  • New formation of blood vessels
  • Improved blood supply and cell proliferation

These factors stimulate the healing process and finally lead to complete healing of the bone fracture.

How is the treatment conducted?

Depending on the region to be treated, Spark Wave Therapy is administered under general, regional or local anaesthesia. The extremity is placed in such a way that it is optimally reached with the orthogold280.

During the therapy, the fracture is localised via an imaging system, ultrasound gel is applied and the therapy head moved across the affected area while releasing the Spark Wave pulses. Quantity and intensity of the Spark Wave pulses are dependent on the indication.

After the Spark Wave treatment, the bone injury is immobilized with a plaster cast or plastic splint until fracture healing is completed.

Treatment duration & number of treatments

In general, one single treatment with orthogold280 is necessary for the successful therapy of non-unions. Very rarely a second or third treatment becomes necessary three or six months after the first treatment, respectively.

Science Literature

For further information please visit MTS Science.