Research has shown that when stress is placed on a joint, a low power electrical signal is created. This natural signal tells the body to repair damaged or worn tissues and to maintain the health and proper functioning of the joint. Sometimes, this signal is disturbed as a result of aging, injury or disease. When this happens, the body is unable to repair the damage itself. This results in pain, inflammation and loss of proper function in the joint.
PST is unique in that it mimics the body's natural signal, activating the normal healing process and stimulates the growth and repair of the damaged tissue. Read more about how PST works.
PST Treatment - how does it work?
Benefits to patients
PST has a success rate of 80% - 83% with patients experiencing significant improvement with reduced pain and improved joint function.
PST has been used successfully all around the world by prominent professional athletes, amateur athletes, older people and patients who have had their quality of life compromised by arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis, sports-type injuries and repetitive strain injuries. It is not relevant whether the patient is old or young or whether the defect is a result of age, injury, chronic degeneration or inflammatory disease; PST is effective nonetheless. View the full list of treatable conditions.
Studies and the treatment of thousands of patients have shown that over 83% of patients experience a reduction in pain and inflammation, combined with anincrease in physical function. Some patients find themselves free of all symptoms following the treatment. Others find their symptoms greatly reduced. Many patients are able to reduce or even discontinue their pain medication. Many have reported being able to return to normal routine activities, and many are able to participate in their favourite sports.
The biggest benefit for many patients is that PST can save them the expense, pain and inherent risks of surgery.
What to expect during a treatment session
As PST is a non-invasive procedure, any type of clothing can be worn during treatment. The patient will sit or lie (depending on the area being treated) in a specially developed chair or bed. The joint or area to be treated is carefully positioned within the PST device. It is necessary to keep the area being treated completely still for the hour of treatment.
The procedure involves nine to twelve 1-hour treatments, conducted on consecutive days. If necessary, an interruption of less than 2 days (48 hours) is authorised after the completion of at least 4-5 treatment sessions. It is also possible to do 2 treatments per day, as long as there is a break of at least 4 hours between the end of the first treatment and the start of the second one.
The regeneration process reaches its peak approximately 6-12 weeks after the completion of the therapy sessions.
Is the treatment painful?
The PST treament session is completely non-invasive and most patients find it to be pain-free. Some patients may feel a slight tingling or sensation of warmth in the area that is being treated.
Some may experience a temporary and slight increase in the normal pain that they feel in the affected joint.
This is considered to be a positive reaction as it is brought about by the reconstruction and healing that is occurring in the injured area.
- If the patient does feel discomfort, it usually passes quickly
- Some patients feel slight tingling or sensation in the area being treated, or even warmth or cold
- Some patients may also feel sensations in other joints or parts of the body, not directly being treated. As the signal travels in waveform throughout the body, it can be redirected to areas also needing attention, ie. Compensatory deficits
Because the signal is delivered through the device is of a very low range (one one-thousandth of energy of an MRI machine), PST is extremely safe. There have been no adverse side effects reported in the thousands of patients that have been treated worldwide. However, as an added precaution, based on ensuring the highest levels of safety, children, pregnant women and people who have received treatment for cancer in the past five years are not accepted for treatment. Read the full list of contraindications to PST.