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Ultrasound for another injury???

gsp4meggsp4me Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I know MRI is out as a diagnostic tool for confirming another injury, since I have the SCS implant.... BUT, is ultrasound OK????

Backstory .... I slipped and fell last month (on wet wooden deck steps) - managed to save my SCS by grabbing onto my deck gate, but in the process pulled my shoulder. After over a month, there is still pain and limited movement (even though I take daily presccription strength anti-inflamatories and pain meds for my back)-- talked to Dr. and he says it sounds like a rotator cuff tear, which would need to be confirmed with either an MRI or Ultrasound, since X-rays don't normally show injury to the rotator cuff muscles/tendons.


  • It is my understanding from my doc and from the posted warnings, that only the therapeutic version of Ultrasound is contraindicated. Since the therapeutic version is to basically produce heat within specific tissues it can cause damage to the unit and the patient.

  • Ultrasound shouldn't be a problem. My Medtronic Stimulator says no ultrasound therapy, but that's in reference to physical therapy. I've only had that therapy a couple of times in my life and that was long before I had a stimulator. It gets quite warm. I've had several ultrasounds this year for other problems, prostate, kidneys, and gallbladder. Make sure you let who ever is doing the ultrasound know you have an implant so they don't sit on top of the leads with the device.

    You can always contact the manufacturer of your stimulator to see what they say. That's what I did and was told as a diagnostics tool it would be ok.

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I did finally find the section in my "owner's manual" where is says ultrasound and CT scans are OK as diagnostic tools. I will definitely make sure that they know where the IPG and leads are located, so they stay as FAR away from those areas as possible!!
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