On a previous post, I had only briefly talked about the only device that seems to be out there right now that people can buy commercially that employes the LIPUS (low intensity pulsed ultrasound) technology.
The device is called Exogen. The website that sells Exogen is located HERE. The commercial use of the device to to increase the healing rate of bone fractures and decrease the time needed to heal bone fractures. Included with the device is gel that goes with it in application.
I did some more research and people claim on other sites that the device will cost a person around $300-$600. I am not sure about what insurance will cover on it but it looks like something I would be willing to try on fractures and also in possibly adding height.
*Summary of Indications for Use: The EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System is indicated for the non-invasive treatment of established non-unions† excluding skull and vertebra.
In addition, EXOGEN is indicated for accelerating the time to a healed fracture for fresh, closed, posteriorly displaced distal radius fractures and fresh, closed or Grade I open tibial diaphysis fractures in skeletally mature individuals when these fractures are orthopaedically managed by closed reduction and cast immobilization.
There are no known contraindications for the EXOGEN device. Safety and effectiveness has not been established for individuals lacking skeletal maturity; pregnant or nursing women; patients with cardiac pacemakers; on fractures due to bone cancer; or on patients with poor blood circulation or clotting problems. Some patients may be sensitive to the ultrasound gel. Full prescribing information can be found in product labeling, at www.exogen.com or by contacting customer service at 1-800-836-4080.
†A non-union is considered to be established when the fracture site shows no visibly progressive signs of healing.
Faster healing for broken bones
The EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System is the clinically tested, FDA-approved treatment for indicated* bone fractures. Using painless ultrasound waves, EXOGEN may help heal broken bones by speeding up your body’s natural repair process. In just 20 minutes a day, you can help ensure healing for stubborn-to-heal* bone fractures or an indicated* freshly broken tibia or broken radius. It’s faster healing for broken bones — and less hassle for you.
A broken bone slows you down. Whether you’ve fractured your leg or your smallest toe, you know life won’t be normal until you heal.
But did you also know there’s a way to help accelerate your healing process? It’s called EXOGEN, and it could get you back on your feet — or your toes, or your leg — sooner.
EXOGEN uses safe, painless ultrasound waves to activate cells near the site of your break. The waves stimulate your body’s healing cells, speeding its natural repair process. And it works in just 20 minutes a day, so you can help your fracture heal on a tight schedule.
Clinical studies have demonstrated that EXOGEN accelerates the healing of indicated* fresh fractures by 38%.2,12 It has also been shown to heal 86% of non-union* fractures1 — stubborn breaks that are not healing and might otherwise require surgery.
EXOGEN has been demonstrated to improve fracture healing in people who are older, obese or use tobacco.11,18,27 People who have these conditions are more likely to experience delayed bone healing. EXOGEN may accelerate the healing process by as much as 50% for patients who smoke.11
EXOGEN is the only bone growth stimulator available today that’s approved to treat indicated* fresh fractures. It also has a demonstrated heal rate of 86% for non-union* fractures,1 and it offers a fast effective daily treatment time: just 20 minutes daily.
To understand how EXOGEN works, first take a look at your body’s process for healing a broken bone.
When a bone breaks, your body sends white blood cells to the fracture site. The white blood cells remove debris9,28 in the area and create inflammation — the first step in broken bone healing.
Next, your body creates a callus around the fracture to bridge the break. This callus is really just fibrous tissue, and it hardens over time.
The final step in healing a broken bone is remodeling, when your body replaces the connective callus with new, more compact bone. Remodeling makes bones stronger.
EXOGEN: Helping speed each step of the broken bone healing process3
To help heal bones faster or simply start healing bones that won’t heal on their own,* EXOGEN emits low-intensity, pulsed ultrasound waves at the site of your break. Demonstrated in laboratory tests to jumpstart your body’s natural healing process, these waves move through your skin and soft tissue to stimulate critical cells.
EXOGEN has been shown to work at every stage of healing3 by:
- Encouraging your cells (osteoclasts and macrophages) to remove bony debris and bacteria9,28
- Stimulating immature bone marrow to produce the bone and cartilage cells necessary to heal broken bones5,7,29
- Speeding up the maturation and solidification of formed bone28
EXOGEN is approved by the FDA, so you can trust that it’s both safe and effective. It has been demonstrated to help accelerate the broken bone healing process for indicated* fresh fractures. It has also been demonstrated to effectively help heal broken bones that have stopped healing, known as non-union* fractures.
Evidence shows that it’s never too early or too late to use EXOGEN to help heal bones.3 Talk to your doctorabout EXOGEN today.
Where can I get EXOGEN?
The EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System is available by prescription from your physician or surgeon. To get EXOGEN, ask your doctor if the system could work for you.
You may want to print and complete the EXOGENBone Healing Discussion Guide and take it with you to your next appointment. This tool can help you and your doctor better evaluate your situation and the benefits of EXOGEN.
How fracture healing happens2, 3, 12
Bone fracture healing is a complex process with four steps. All bone fractures must go through this process.
Step 1: Inflammation
When a bone fractures, white blood cells move in to the area to clean up debris created by the break. This creates inflammation, which triggers the growth of new blood cells — the first stage of healing.
Step 2: Soft callus
As blood cells divide and multiply near the break, new blood vessels develop to fuel the repair process. The body also begins to create cartilage around the bone fracture to bridge the gap in the bone. Called the soft callus, this cartilage is simply fibrous tissue.
Step 3: Hard callus
Eventually, the body replaces the soft callus with a hard callus, connecting the bone fragments more solidly. This stronger callus, which creates a bulge at the site of the fracture, can generally be seen in X-rays just a few weeks after the bone fracture occurs.
Step 4: Remodeling
In the final stage of bone fracture healing, the body replaces old bone with new bone in a continual process called remodeling. Remodeling makes bones stronger and more compact and blood circulation in the bone improves.
When a patient breaks a bone, doctors take measures to encourage strong, quick repair. These measures include:
- Setting and immobilizing the break. If necessary, a physician will move bone segments back into place before immobilizing the fracture using a cast or brace.
- Surgery. Some patients may need surgery to set and stabilize a fracture — a process that can involve metal plates, screws or nails. If fractures do not show signs of healing, additional intervention is necessary. Some doctors choose to perform additional surgeries; others turn to devices like EXOGEN.
- Bone growth stimulation. To help heal fractures, many doctors prescribe a device like EXOGEN — the only stimulator that uses ultrasound waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing process, helping boost bone growth.
- Therapy. If a patient is in a cast for a long period of time, he or she may benefit from physical therapy to regain full use of stiff or weak muscles.
Patients can also take measures to speed healing. While healing is happening:
- Avoid tobacco products, which can slow the healing process.
- Eat a well balanced diet for the energy and nutrition healing bones need.
- Increase your intake of calcium, which helps build strong bones.
- Only take pain relievers as directed. Certain anti-inflammatory medications can inhibit your body’s ability to heal breaks.
- Get plenty of rest. Your body is working hard to heal and needs recovery time.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions to give yourself every opportunity for successful healing.
Want one more way to help speed bone fracture healing? Learn how EXOGEN may accelerate the processand whether it’s right for you.