sam® Sport | What is it?
The sam® Sport is an FDA-cleared bio-regenerative medical device that offers a new and unique solution to pain. The sam® Sport has been developed using a decade of ultrasound research, applying the proven science behind ultrasound technology in new and unique ways. The concept of a long duration ultrasound has unlocked new and unique applications for the management of pain.
How does the sam® Sport work? The sam® Sport takes the science behind ultrasound technology, re-imagines the potential applications of such technology, and finally applies the most modern materials and design principles to create a compact, effective, and revolutionary solution to a multitude of different types of pain. The compact design of the sam® Sport means that treatment can be employed both during physical therapy as well as in the patient’s daily life. The nature of the treatment allows for patients to avoid traditional pharmacological treatments such as addictive pain medication.
What is low-intensity continuous ultrasound?Low-intensity continuous ultrasound (LICUS) is an emerging technology showing extreme promise for treating myofascial pain and accelerating recovery. A recent study published by the Journal of Pain Research delved into the effectiveness of these treatments using the sam® Sport wearable ultrasound device as a study tool. and found significant and impressive results.
Our partners at ZetrOZ have pioneered the way for this technology to come to market and improve the lives of patients everywhere. ZetrOZ’s sam® Sport was introduced to market in 2013 and is the first and only FDA-cleared wearable device for continuous, multi-hour, ultrasound therapy. Because we are so proud of their commitment to revolutionizing the lives of patients with chronic pain, we are dedicating this blog post to answering some questions about the sam® Sport.
What kind of pain can the sam® Sport help to alleviate?
Clinical studies centers around LDUS therapy for tendon injuries show promising results. Patients with Achilles tendinopathy showed a reduction in pain over the course of a six-week treatment period, and an increase in strength after only four weeks of treatment. Additionally, studies have shown that the longer the duration of treatment the better the results end up being.
Skeletal Muscle Treatment
Preclinical studies have shown ultrasound therapy to be effective in treating skeletal muscle related injuries. These studies have shown that ultrasound therapy is effective in promoting cell regeneration and recovery. These results line up with traditional ultrasound data, which indicates that ultrasound technology stimulates nutrient transfer and tissue recovery.
Bone-Tendon Junction Repair
Preclinical studies examining the effect of LDUS on bone-tendon junction repair have shown enhancement in several marked areas, including increased failure load, increased ultimate strength, and increase in new bone formation as well as cell proliferation.
Daily use of LDUS therapy has been shown to accelerate healing in ligament injuries in several preclinical ligament treatment studies. Daily LDUS therapy was shown to accelerate healing using markers such as ultimate load tolerance, stiffness, and energy absorption.
Preliminary data into the effects of LDUS on bone fractures has shown some very promising results. In several clinical studies, LDUS improved fracture healing varying from 33% to 88% successful nonunion fracture treatment rate.
Chronic Join Pain and Arthritis
LDUS technology has shown potential symptom relief in patients with osteoarthritis. Patients exhibited an overall decrease in pain and increase immobility because of both thermal and non-thermal effects of LDUS. The viability of LDUS has been demonstrated for delaying the onset of arthritis and mitigating the symptoms associated without invasive medical intervention.
If you would like to read through the Journal of Pain Research publication yourself, it can be found here. Additional information, graphics, and references used in the above write up are included.