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  • PT's, ever heard of this treatment?

    Basically they're using ultrasound to heal bipartite patella, which is a broken or unfused kneecap. I've never heard of this before, and can't find anyone online who has attempted this treatment. If it works, it could be my best, non-surgical option for healing my knee.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18055207

    Bone union of painful bipartite patella after treatment with low-intensity
    pulsed ultrasound: Report of two cases
    Abstract
    We report two cases of painful bipartite patella in which bone union was achieved after treatment with low-intensity pulsed ultrasound. Bothpatients were 13-year-old males. Each received ultrasound (SAFHS®, EXOGEN) for 20 min a day. The interval between the onset of pain and ultrasound treatment was between 2 and 4 months. The patellar pain disappeared within two months after treatment in both cases. Bone union was seen radiographically at 4 months. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound is a non-invasive treatment that appeared to be helpful in the management of two patients with painful bipartite patella.
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    I honestly have not hurt of pulsed US being used for this. However, could be worth a shot based on the abstract. I did not read the full article but could interlibrary loan it to look further.

    My biggest question with the study is how long the subjects had a bipartite patella since it sounds like yours is more chronic if I understand you correctly?
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