Pulse wave therapy (Storz, MiracleWave, Zimmer, Piezowave) delivered around painful joints like the hips can start the healing process and create an environment in the cells to decrease pain in degenerated hips.
Pulse wave therapy stimulates stem cells to promote osteogenesis (bone growth) and angiogenesis (blood vessel formation). In clinical studies, groups treated with stem cells show significant improvements in patient reported outcomes (1,2)
My purpose in using non-invasive therapies such as shockwave (pulse wave therapy) for hip disease, is to stimulate stem cells that can repair bone damage in the surrounding hip tissue. We are seeing satisfactory results (decreased pain, increased walking distance) in the majority of our patients using shockwave, laser and PEMF therapy.
This treatment of hip pain related to osteoarthritis is safe and cost-effective.
- Houdek MT, Wyles CC, Martin JR, Sierra RJ. Stem cell treatment for avascular necrosis of the femoral head: current perspectives. Stem Cells Cloning. 2014 Apr 9;7:65-70. eCollection 2014.
- Hernigou P, Beaujean F. Treatment of osteonecrosis with autologous bone marrow grafting. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®. 2002 Dec 1;405:14-23.
- Rodriguez-Fontan F, Piuzzi NS, Kraeutler MJ, Pascual-Garrido C. Early Clinical Outcomes of Intraarticular Injections of Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate for the Treatment of Early Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee: A Cohort Study. PM&R. 2018 May 29.