Ultrasound therapy in the form of sustained acoustic medicine (SAM) has been used for the management of chronic pain due to arthritis. The SAM device is a noninvasive device with ease of applicability which may be used on a number of body parts.

The SAM device utilizes low-intensity ultrasound waves that are transmitted continuously to a joint or area. The ultrasound waves are said to promote collagen formation and decrease inflammation. The waves also may help by promoting the clearance of debris within the joint and slowing disease progression. SAM therapy reduces pain, improves blood circulation and oxygen in the tissues, thereby accelerating the natural healing process.

The device may be used for chronic pain of the knee, elbow pain, wrist pain, low back pain, hip pain, etc. Besides arthritis, SAM may be used for pain from musculoskeletal injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Video demonstrating the knee SAM device.

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