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OssaTron/Healthtronics

Posted by john h on 5/12/00 at 16:37 (020283)

following is selected direct quotes from the Healthtronics Annual Report i received today: 'The initial target market for the OssaTron orthopaedic lithotripter device is those patients suffering from chronic heel pain. There is no verifable data of the number of cases of heel pain, but estimeates vary between 6,000,000 and 8,000,000 patients per year presenting with this affliction. Of these, Healthtronics believes that as many as twenty-five percent could be candidates for treatment with the Ossa Tron. Additional soft tissue indications for the OssaTron might be laterial epicondylitis, Achilles tendinitis, patellar tendinitis and shoulder tendinitis'

'The OssaTron orthopaedic lithotripter is a medical device that has not yet been approved by the FDA. It uses shock waves to treat certain orthopaedic problems. Orthotripsy, or orthopaedic lithotripsy is the name for this process. It is an extension of the principle used to treat kidney stones. Physiologically, Orthotripsy is believed to stimulate bone, tendon and ligament healing by inducing microsopic injuries at the site of the chronic injury. Subsequently, a generation fo new blood vessels enters into the area and causes bone-healing cells or tissue-healing cells to invade the area and stimulate the healing process.'


Re: OssaTron/Healthtronics

ChrisO on 5/12/00 at 16:56 (020288)

So John, is it safe to say then that the reason so many patients have 'different' (from heal pain), post-ossatron pain is from those so-called 'microscopic injuries'? Do you suppose that the same thing is what demands an apparent long healing time? Just some thoughts. Also, are there any trials going on in Southern California that you've heard of?

Re: OssaTron/Healthtronics

john h on 5/12/00 at 18:53 (020300)

since we all have different levels of heel pad and skin thickness and since some fascia may be more suspetable to shockwave treatment than others then it only seems reasonalble that we all cannot receive the same dose of shockwaves or some people will sustain more injury than others and thus more pain. this is strictly a lay point of view. hulk hogan it would seem would need a more powerful treatment than the petite wendy n.

Re: OssaTron/Healthtronics

ChrisO on 5/12/00 at 16:56 (020288)

So John, is it safe to say then that the reason so many patients have 'different' (from heal pain), post-ossatron pain is from those so-called 'microscopic injuries'? Do you suppose that the same thing is what demands an apparent long healing time? Just some thoughts. Also, are there any trials going on in Southern California that you've heard of?

Re: OssaTron/Healthtronics

john h on 5/12/00 at 18:53 (020300)

since we all have different levels of heel pad and skin thickness and since some fascia may be more suspetable to shockwave treatment than others then it only seems reasonalble that we all cannot receive the same dose of shockwaves or some people will sustain more injury than others and thus more pain. this is strictly a lay point of view. hulk hogan it would seem would need a more powerful treatment than the petite wendy n.