Bone Healing With EBI Bone Growth Stimulator
Healing Broken Bones
I am writing this article based on my experience with a hard to heal broken bone. A couple of years ago I had a minor accident that resulted in a major shattering of my big toe. I wish I could say I was doing something exciting like skiing down a cliff, but no, I simply slipped on the stairs and slammed my foot into the wall.
Since we had been staying at a friends house, I acted tough and tried not to make a big deal about it. In fact, even when we got home, I tried to keep walking on it to loosen it up. I thought I had jammed it.
After a few days, I decided to go get an x-ray. Sure enough, it was fractured in several areas. I probably had made it much worse by walking on it. Note to self and others - always go to the doctor first when you get injured!
I had to leave the doctor's office in crutches - not what a busy mom wants! I had an appointment with a foot doctor and figured I would get some kind of walking cast and all would be well. Not what happened! Instead, I was scheduled for surgery to put pins in my toe and I had to stay completely off my foot for at least six weeks, which meant the crutches were going to become by friends.
After surgery, I started counting down the days. The six week marker came and went. Then seven, eight and nine...my toe was not completely healing. There was still a soft area between one of the fractures. Meanwhile, I am going completely stir crazy.
At this point, my doctor said "I think it's time to try something else." I was thinking that at about week five. He told me about an electrical bone healing system which might help. Since I was willing to try anything at that point I told him to go for it and I'm glad I did.
EBI Bone Growth Stimulator
Description: The EBI Bone Growth Stimulator promotes healing by sending weak pulsing electrical currents at the fracture site. These signals are generated by a low energy electromagnetic field which is created by passing specific current pulses through the treatment coil.
Components: The components consist of a control unit, a battery charger, a link cable, a flexible treatment coil and a grounding plug.
Using The Bone Stimulator
To get the most effectiveness, the bone growth stimulator should be used for ten hours a day. Since you need to keep the fracture area immobile during stimulation, it works best to do it at night while you sleep. Although, if you have a cast over the stimulator, it should stay in place fairly well. I had a removable walking cast that allowed some slippage so I did my treatment at night.
The control unit needs to be charged each day. This is then attached to the link cable, which is attached to the treatment coil. The treatment coil is wrapped around the fracture site.
When the treatment coil is on, the site gets a little warm. Otherwise, you don't really notice it being on. A few times I did feel a little minor pain, almost like little shocks. When this happened, I put a heavier sock on so the coil wasn't so close to my skin. It seemed to happen after wearing it for a long period of time.
The great part was that now when I went in for my doctor visits, we were seeing results on the x-rays. There was hope in my future! Sure enough, at about twelve weeks, the walking cast came off and I was free to walk.
It only took a couple of weeks of bone stimulation to get the bone fully healed. I would recommend this to anyone who is having trouble with a bone fracture as this definitely gets the job done for otherwise non-healing bones.
**It is not recommended before giving normal healing a chance. Things that will contribute to a quick healing time are eating a balanced diet, not smoking, getting enough calcium and following doctors orders. If, after following the appropriate steps, you still have a non-union or non healing bone, then the ebi bone stimulator would be a terrific option.
Bone Stimulator In Action
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