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NASS Coverage Policy Recommendation for Electrical Bone Growth Stimulators -

The North American Spine Society (NASS) issued first of its kind coverage recommendations for electrical bone growth stimulators, supporting use of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) stimulation devices, such as the Orthofix CervicalStim™ and SpinalStim™ devices, as an adjunct to spinal fusion.

The policy recommends use of electrical stimulation for fusion healing in all regions of the spine, including cervical and lumbar regions. Orthofix is reported to be the only company with an FDA-approved bone growth stimulator as a non-invasive, adjunctive treatment option for cervical fusion.

Orthofix devices use a low-level pulsed electromagnetic field intended to activate and augment the body's natural healing process. Study results suggest that use of PEMF therapy may reduce cell inflammation and degredation associated with disc degeneration in human intervertebral disc cells.

OFIX is conducting a study evaluating use of Physio-Stim to treat knee osteoarthritis, as well.

Sources: Orthofix International N.V.; ORTHOWORLD Inc.

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