Recommendation ID

NICE encourages further research into low-intensity pulsed ultrasound to promote healing of delayed-union and non-union fractures. Further research should include details of patient selection, fracture site, and risk factors and comorbidities that delay fracture healing.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

The evidence for low-intensity pulsed ultrasound to promote healing of delayed-union and non-union fractures raises no major safety concerns. The current evidence on efficacy is inadequate in quality. Therefore, this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent and audit or research.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound to promote healing of delayed-union and non-union fractures
Date issued
July 2018

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/07/2018