Letters Bad medicine: sports medicine

Ultrasound and healing

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2575 (Published 03 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2575
  1. Richard Bartley, NHS physiotherapist1
  1. 1Henllan, Denbighshire LL16 5BQ, UK
  1. bartley.richard{at}me.com

I agree with Spence that the clinical evidence for deep massage and ultrasound treatment is thin, but I am a little taken back by his statement: “It is illogical that external forces could affect a molecular physiological healing process.”1

Not only is this claim not directly referenced but it ignores basic science research showing that ultrasound waves can affect molecular physiological healing.2 3 4 5 Although experiments in the laboratory may not translate into effective clinical treatments, Spence’s statement should be challenged.


Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2575


  • Competing interests: None declared.


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