This is a good question and it is asked frequently.
One has to consider that bone is a very good conductor of vibrations, transmitting vibrations very efficiently.
So the concern in the past with Whole Body Vibration was whether the vibration that is being transmitted from a Whole Body Vibration platform passing through the bone might affect the placement of the metal, as the metal could potentially vibrate at a different frequency than bone and other tissue. It was hypothesized that therefore a loosening of the attachment site of the metal plate or implant might be possible.
But when observing after approximately 3 months how most implants actually fuse with bone tissue, one realizes that there is just a tremendous amount of stability and osseous growth around the attachment site. Also to consider is the fact, that just the mechanism of gait produces stronger vibration and loads at much larger ranges of motion onto the bone structures than Whole Body Vibration exercise does.
Here are a few common guidelines and questions:
- Is the patient longer than 3 mos. post op?
- Is the patient out of pain?
- Is the implant stable?
- Did the patient go through rehabilitation and did they do well there?
- Did their surgeon release them back to exercise?
If the answers to all the above questions are yes, then the patient should not experience any difficulties with Whole Body Vibration training and therapy as long as they follow the instructions correctly!
*Note: It is always recommended that an individual should consult with their family physician who understands their medical history before embarking on any new exercise or rehabilitation protocol.
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