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fracture in hand
Posted by: Jesse
Date: March 27, 2006 12:50 AM

I am wondering about magnetic therapy for a broken 5th bone on my left hand. This is a tranverse break that was not set or pinned in place. It was broken on 2-6-06. I have been wearing a splint to keep from moving the hand to let it heal. The latest x-ray on 3-22-06 shows slight shading of the bone growning back. I use my hands to drive heavy equipment for a living. Can the use of magnets help this heal faster so I can go back to work? What kind of magnets do I use and where do I place them?

RE: fracture in hand
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 27, 2006 3:30 AM

I presume you are under the care of an orthopedist. If not, you should be - without delay. The last thing you want is to have your broken bone heal out of proper alignment. If your hand is healing without magnets, I see no reason to use them and by what you say, it is. In some hospitals, powerful electromagnets are being used to speed healing of stubborn bone fractures, but I think you are asking about something less than the hospital version. Magnets have been used for healing fractures for years in other countries (China, France, Japan and especially in India), but they are not approved in the U.S. by the FDA (which means nothing except the FDA has not yet been paid off). If you want to try magnets, there are a plethora of choices on the Internet. As far as I know the method is at least safe and may even be effective.



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