Product Description

The Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (PEMF) bone growth stimulation delivered by Physio-Stim is a safe, nonsurgical option for long bone and small bone nonunions. Physio-Stim may be worn over a cast, orthopedic brace, or clothing without lessening its effectiveness. Physio-Stim has everything you need in one compact, lightweight unit including success rates as high as 88%1, 2, and it comes with a written guarantee of healing.

Nonoperative treatment for nonunited fractures with Physio-Stim PEMF bone growth stimulation is particularly attractive to patients and physicians when:

  • Surgery presents significant risk to the patient
  • The patient does not want to undergo surgery
  • Multiple procedures have previously failed

Regardless of prior fracture management method or risk considerations - including advanced age, presence of infection or tobacco use, the Physio-Stim Bone Growth Stimulator has more than two decades of proven efficacy as an alternative method to secondary surgery for established long bone fracture nonunions.

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Indication

The Physio-Stim is indicated for the treatment of an established nonunion acquired secondary to trauma, excluding vertebrae and all flat bones where the width of the nonunion defect is less than one-half the width of the bone to be treated. A nonunion is considered to be established when the fracture site shows no visibily progressive signs of healing.

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Physician Benefits
  • Smart technology can provide outcomes reports and hardcopy patient compliance monitoring
  • Written guarantee for bone growth stimulation products
  • Patient friendly, comfortably worn during daily activities with or without a cast or brace, three hours per day
  • LCD treatment countdown clock shuts off automatically when treatment is complete

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Physician Support Materials
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Clinical References:
  • Physio-Stim PMA 850007 – 02/21/86, Supplement – 12/23/86
  • Long-term Follow-up of Fracture Nonunions Treated with PEMFs. Garland, Douglas E., M.D., Moses, Barbara M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N., Salyer, William, M.D. Full Text Article (PDF 5KB)
  • Clinical Trial Data Summary: Orthofix Physio-Stim Clinical Study Full Text Article (PDF 255KB)
  • Beneficial effects of electromagnetic fields. Bassett, C.A. J Cell Biochem. 1993 Apr;51(4):387-93. Review. Pub Med Abstract
  • Fundamental and practical aspects of therapeutic uses of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMFs). Bassett, C.A. Crit Rev Biomed Eng. 1989;17(5):451-529. Review. Pub Med Abstract
  • Endothelial cell response to pulsed electromagnetic fields: stimulation of growth rate and angiogenesis in vitro. Yen-Patton G.P, Patton W.F, Beer D.M, Jacobson B.S. J Cell Physiol 134(1):37-46, 1988. Pub Med Abstract
  • Bone mass is preserved in a critical-sized osteotomy by low energy pulsed electromagnetic fields as quantitated by in vivo micro-computed tomography. Michael O. Ibiwoye, Kimerly A. Powell, Mark D. Grabiner, Thomas E. Patterson, Yoshitada Sakai, Maciej Zborowski, Alan Wolfman, Ronald J. Midura. Pub Med Abstract.
  • Pulsed electromagnetic field treatments enhance the healing of fibular osteotomies. Ronald J. Midura, Michael O. Ibiwoye, Kimerly A. Powell, Yoshitada Sakai, Todd Doehring, Mark D. Grabiner, Thomas E. Patterson, Maciej Zborowski, Alan Wolfman. Pub Med Abstract
     

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Patient Benefits
  • Lightweight, all-in-one unit allows unrestricted patient mobility - no separate cables, control units or battery packs.
  • Comfortably worn over clothing with or without a cast or brace, three hours per day
  • Patient friendly functionality: Instant information panel with LCDs for ongoing operational status
  • Easy buckle for on/off
  • Designed for more flexibility and comfort
  • Internal countdown shuts off automatically when daily treatment is complete

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Patient Support Materials
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Testimonials

Three years ago I had broken both of my ankles (tali) on an all terrain vehicle. The break was extremely severe. I had broken and dislocated both bones identically. When I got to the hospital immediate surgery was performed to reduce the dislocation. From what the doctors told me the fracture that I had was very difficult to recover from. They told me the fracture had a slang name called an aviators fracture, and the recovery rate was less than 10%. The doctor that I was seeing told me about a product of yours called the Physio-Stim unit. Luckily for me your company came to the rescue. After about six months of non-union on both feet the Physio seemed to have caused the bones to start growing. Since then the recovery has completely finished. The bones that I had fractured had died due to loss of blood flow. But then were connected to by the living bone and then regenerated by creeping substitution. From what I am told and everything I have read, and all the Doctors I have seen this recovery is extremely rare. I wanted to let you and your company know how immeasurably grateful I am. I am available to answer any questions you might have about my recovery.
Terence W., patient of Dr. William Salyer, Phoenix, Arizona

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Web Resources
  1. www.drjameswang.com
  2. www.eradius.com
  3. www.chicagofootandanklesurgery.com
  4. www.acfas.org
  5. www.asami.org

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Contraindications

Use of this device is contraindicated where the individual has synovial pseudarthrosis.

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Footnotes
  1. Physio-Stim PMA 850007 – 02/21/86, Supplement – 12/23/86
  2. "Long-term Follow-up of Fracture Nonunions Treated with PEMFs" – Douglas E. Garland, M.D., Barbara Moses, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N., William Salyer, M.D.

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