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Topic # 124566 12-Jul-2013 13:25
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Hi,

I've had chronic hamstring injuries for the last year, and recently I borrowed from a mate a hand-held ultrasound therapeutic massager to use on my hamstring which has worked wonders. My mate got it from overseas when he was playing cricket in the UK.

I can't seem to find one easily here in NZ. I'm not sure why that is. Perhaps there is some NZ law against average jo using ultrasound equipment? 

If anyone knows where I can source one then I would be very grateful.

Thanks.

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  Reply # 854422 12-Jul-2013 15:16
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They are illegal to own and use without a license. Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act.

Pretty much because you can cook your leg if you use it wrong...

Jon



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  Reply # 854433 12-Jul-2013 15:35
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Thanks Jon for your reply.

In light of this does anyone have any recommendation on something similar but hopefully just as effective, for example I see there are TENS EMS devices. Would these provide a similar affect on healing torn muscles?

Thanks,
Rodney.

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  Reply # 854562 12-Jul-2013 19:39
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rodneyb: Thanks Jon for your reply.

In light of this does anyone have any recommendation on something similar but hopefully just as effective, for example I see there are TENS EMS devices. Would these provide a similar affect on healing torn muscles?

Thanks,
Rodney.


TENS are used for pain relief. The electrical impulse interferes with pain transmission. EMS uses the same electrical stimulation to cause the muscle to contract, no effect on healing.

Best treatment is RICE; Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (48-72 hours)
Following that gentle movement and massage followed by stretching and strengthening.

In addition you should use analgesia and anti-inflammatory drugs as instructed on the packet (very important), so many people complain that "panadol doesnt do anything", and they forget that you need regular dosing.

Some other options include arnica, ibuprofen, aspirin, diclofenac.

Something on the cusp of greater acceptance is the use of stem cells harvested from blood drawn from yourself, spun down grown and reinjected, mostly used in joints, called restorative/regenerative medicine.

Jon

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