A Review of Bone Growth Stimulation for Fracture Treatment

Steve B. Behrens; Matthew E. Deren; Keith O. Monchik


Curr Orthop Pract. 2013;24(1):84-91. 

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Combined Magnetic Fields (CMF)

A paucity of literature exists on the efficacy of CMF technology in human studies of bone healing, and insufficient evidence exists for recommendations on the use of CMF for delayed unions and nonunions. No human studies to date demonstrate the efficacy of CMF in nonunions or delayed unions. A double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was performed on patients undergoing posterior spinal fusion, and showed accelerated healing on radiographs at 9 months in the experimental group compared to the control group.[79] Fusion rates were higher in the experimental group (64%) than the placebo group (43%), and women were shown to benefit greater from the stimulation.