Academics: University of Bergamo, Industrial Engineering Dept
Sandonini: Samatex, Brescia Research and Development Manager
An innovative textile product that generates microcurrents with therapeutic properties in the treatment of venous insufficiency.
The first use of compression bandaging is lost so far back in the mists of time that the very earliest indications date back to the Neolithic period (5000 - 2500 BC) with findings in the Tassili caves in the Sahara, where the rocks depict warriors with bandaged legs in a kind of ritual dance. Bandaging has been used in medicine over the centuries with bandages being produced in various fibres (wool, linen rubber, etc.) but the real application of medical compression fabrics came about after 1850 with the production of elastic fabrics used first as bandages, and only very much later for the creation of elastic stockings.
Electromagnetotherapy: the doctor's alternative therapy for hemiplegic patients (Part 2)
Pain is considered the symptom par excellence in terms of influencing daily life by being able to turn what is a day of good health into a day of disability and discomfort, threatening a person's physical and mental wellbeing and ultimately his quality of life.
NMR assessment of the validity of electromagnetic fields generated by a wearable aid (knee support).
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether, in treatment of first and second degree osteoarthritis of the knee (patellofemoral pathology), the use of a knee support consisting of a fabric that reproduces the voltaic pile (patent No. MI 20001U00260) could amplify and maintain over time a chondroprotective effect (glucosamine or hyaluronic acid), and whether these effects could be highlighted with NMR by observing the presence or not of knee effusion, the cartilaginous profile and the involvement of the subchondral bone at the time of starting the trial and after six months.
CLINICAL TRIAL ON THE USE OF A NEW FABRIC (SPIKENERGY) IN CERTAIN FOOT PROBLEMS
In temperate countries, the skin of the foot is normally covered by leather, rubber or synthetic shoes; in those who are susceptible, a particularly troublesome symptom called hyperhidrosis can be manifested: this is the hyperfunction of the endocrine sweat glands, a physiological mechanism which serves to control the homeostasis or temperature regulation of the human body, in the case of an increase in the environmental temperature or in the temperature of a localised part of the body, for example during physical exercise.
Prospective, randomised, single-centre study for the symptomatic treatment of chronic venous insufficiency of the lower limbs in patients treated with preventive stockings made with SpikEnergy yarn, compared to patients treated with standard preventive stockings (Studio SEVI).
Chronic venous insufficiency is a common disorder that affects a large proportion of the population (10-40% of adults), particularly in the female subgroup. Compression of the lower limbs via the use of graduated, preventive compression stockings and tights is widely recommended as a basic treatment of chronic venous insufficiency symptoms in cases of low-moderate insufficiency that are not destined for surgery.
POSTOPERATIVE: SPIKENERGY'S EFFECTIVENESS ON PAIN AND FUNCTIONAL RECOVERY TIMES
Intensive rehabilitation therapy is carried out either on an inpatient (for older patients with other pathologies) or as part of an outpatient programme. More than a decade of experience has taught us that the optimal success of the intervention is closely related to, together with precise surgery, naturally, the speed with which the functional limits of the operated knee can be reached.
ELECTROMAGNETOTHERAPY: NEW SOLUTIONS FOR OLD PATHOLOGIES
In recent years we have seen a growing interest from the scientific community in the use of magnetic fields in the treatment of different pathologies. Recent publications in indexed journals, as well as the real absence of undesirable side effects and the limited contraindications, have pushed orthopedists, physiatrists, sports doctors and physical therapists to reconsider a therapy as ancient as human history but often underestimated and considered to be an "alternative" therapy. Despite ample scientific evidence, there is still some resistance from some members of the orthopaedic community who consider magnetic therapy to be a not entirely effective and reliable method, which bases its scientific credibility on non-independent trials, commissioned and supported by electromagnetotherapy equipment manufacturers, and therefore, by definition, not free from commercial influences.
Director of the Shoulder Surgery Centre at the Cervesi Hospital in Cattolica.
Lecturer at the School of Specialization in Orthopaedics and Traumatology, at the University of Ferrara.
Member of the Italian Society of the Shoulder and Elbow, and the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery; advisor to the Italian Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (SICSeG), he is the director of the Educational Commission and has just been appointed National Secretary.
Protocol of a clinical trial for which he will also be coordinator:
• Patients with shoulder-elbow pathologies.
Pain, swelling and inflammation assessment in patients treated with Spikenergy cervicodorsal aids after surgery.