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Can NMES be used over an intramedullary lengthening nail?

Hi, we are wanting to try NMES on a child with an intramedullary lengthening nail (activated by a magnet). Is this ok to use? I don’t want to inadvertently lengthen her leg! She has finished lengthening.

Hannah Humphries

1 month ago

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Dr Sandy Rennie
Dr Sandy Rennie

Hi Hannah.

Using NMES for this patient should not create any problems re the intramedullary nail. The electric current passing through the tissues will not affect either the magnet nor the nail itself. See Houghton et al: Electrophysical Agents: Contraindications and Precautions. Physiotherapy Canada Special Issue: 2010;62(5):26-38.

Regards, Sandy

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