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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The effect of therapeutic ultrasound on repair of the Achilles tendon (Tendo calcaneus) of the rat
Author: da Cunha, A
Parizotto, NA
Vidal, BD
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of therapeutic ultrasound (US) on the healing process in the Achilles tendon (Tendo calcaneus) of Wistar rats after tenotomy. Sonication was performed at a frequency of 1 MHz, an intensity of 0.5 W/cm(2) (SATA), for 5 min, over a period of 14 consecutive days in two modalities (n = 15); in both continuous and pulsed modes. The control group was divided into tenotomized, mock-sonicated and nontenotomized tendons (it = 15). On the 15th postoperative day, the tendons were removed and analyzed by using the polarized light microscopy, with the purpose of detecting and measuring the organization of collagen fibers through birefringence. The results showed a high birefringence for the tendons treated using the pulsed mode (p < 0.001), revealing the best organization and aggregation of collagen bundles. Sonication in the continuous mode induced a decrease (p = 0.047) in the ability to quicken the healing process. These findings suggest that US therapy is beneficial in the early healing process of tendons when the pulsed mode is used. (E-mail: (C) 2002 World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine Biology.
Subject: tendon
wound healing
therapeutic ultrasound
type I collagen
molecular order
tissue repair
polarized light
collagen synthesis
anisotropic properties
Country: EUA
Editor: Elsevier Science Inc
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/S0301-5629(01)00477-X
Date Issue: 2001
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