Effects of therapeutic ultrasound on the regeneration of skeletal myofibers after experimental muscle injury

J Rantanen, O Thorsson, P Wollmer, T Hurme, H Kalimo
American Journal of Sports Medicine 1999, 27 (1): 54-9
Therapeutic ultrasound is used by many in the treatment of muscle injuries, but no previous attempts to objectively assess its effects on regenerating skeletal myofibers have been published. In this descriptive study, we followed the regeneration of contusion injury to the rat gastrocnemius muscle during treatment with pulsed ultrasound. The speed of myoregeneration in ultrasound-treated animals was compared with that in control animals by immunohistochemical, morphometric, and scintigraphic analyses. Although satellite cell proliferation was enhanced significantly (up to 96%) by the ultrasound treatment during the early stages of regeneration, there was no such effect on myotube production. The period of rapid fibroblast proliferation was extended from 3 to 4 days in the control group to 7 to 10 days in the ultrasound therapy groups, whereas recapillarization was virtually unaffected. We conclude that although treatment with pulsed ultrasound can promote the satellite cell proliferation phase of the myoregeneration, it does not seem to have significant effects on the overall morphological manifestations of muscle regeneration.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Trending Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.