What are the effects of magnetic field on spinal cord stimulation?

Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2015 in Brain and Spine
Question: what is the effect of magnetic fields on SCS and how can it be avoided?
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Please define SCS.

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your query and understand your concerns.

By SCS you mean Saethre–Chotzen syndrome, or Spinal Canal Stenosis?

Magnetic field ( pulse ) is used to treat some of the spine and orthopedic conditions with the scope of bone healing.

In case of Spinal Canal Stenosis, use of magnetic field doesn't result in improving symptoms, but there are no evidences about negative effects.

I remain at your disposal for further questions or clarifications.
Best regards.
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Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho 19 hours later
Sorry wrong question. By SCS I meant Spinal Cord Stimulation. The question I meant to ask was what effect a magnetic field from power lines or welder etc. can have on the SCS?
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Magnetic field could interfere with device function.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back and thanks for the clarifications.

Magnetic field doesn't have any negative effects on spinal cord itself, but can interfere with the device used for SCS and its functions.

Magnetic field can interfere with the pulse generated from SCS device too.

So, it is advisable to avoid areas or devices that produce magnetic fields.

Hope I helped you. Best regards.
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