Ossatron-for JohnPosted by Karlen on 1/18/99 at 00:00 (003577)
John, are any tests, such as ultra-sound or ex-rays, taken before the Orthotripsy is given in Toronto, to make sure what the foot problem is?? Or do you depend entirely on the medical files or history that the patient brings with them??
Re: Ossatron-for JohnJohn G on 1/19/99 at 00:00 (003609)
Karlen, The people at the Institute of Sports Medicine in Toronto are really getting sensitive to prescreening for the correct patients. Although Orthotripsy is extremely effective for true chronic PF, it can't do much for nerve related heel pain. Dr. Galea insists on at least an X-Ray, CT or MRI that conclusively showes PF, and a diagnosis of PF from another MD. They are one of the few sites in the world that are using Ultrasound to diagnose PF. Try his web site at orthotripsy.com. I believe it is operational now. Good Luck!
Re: Ossatron-for JohnMary on 1/19/99 at 00:00 (003630)
Are these treatments going to be given in th US? Or are they still being tested?
Re: Ossatron-for JohnJohn G on 1/19/99 at 00:00 (003639)
Mary, The treatments will eventually be available in the US. The technology is way past the test stage. It has been used clinically in Europe for years. The US FDA is very strict in allowing new treatments into the States. They want to see alot of data that was generated in the US before they give any technology the green light. The Canadian Health regulators take a look at the European data in order to decide what to let in and what not to. They passed the Ossatron very quickly for use in Canada.
Re: Ossatron-for JohnDoug on 1/24/99 at 00:00 (003839)
How do you use ultrasound to diagnose PF?
Re: Ossatron-for Johnossatron on 1/25/99 at 00:00 (003853)
As it was explained to me, a typical plantar fascia falls within certain thickness specifications when measured, ultrasound allows you to measure swelling which is one way of diagnosing pf. In Canada you may be excluded from Ossatron treatment if there is no swelling present.