For injured employees who have a bone fracture injury or a surgical fusion, doctors are looking for successful “union” or “fusion” of bones throughout the treatment process.
If after a period of rehabilitation, doctors notice the bone has not achieved union for a fracture or fusion after a surgery, your doctor may want to try a bone stimulator device to assist in the healing process.
The devices can be worn externally and use electric fields to mimic the mechanical stress on the bones that promote unionization or fusion.
In the past, there was debate as to whether the use of these devices was effective in promoting healing. The medical community is continuing to study this trend as the technology expands from electromagnetic fields to low pulse ultrasounds.