Skip to comments.Electromagnetic pulses provide pain relief for osteoarthritis
Posted on 03/06/2010 8:26:46 AM PST by decimon
Electromagnetic pulses significantly decrease pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis of the knee, according to Henry Ford Hospital researchers.
In the double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study, 34 patients used a portable battery-operated device that emits a low-intensity pulsating electromagnetic frequency and experienced more than 40 percent pain relief on their first day.
"Our results show pulsed electromagnetic fields caused a significant decrease in pain" says Fred Nelson, M.D., associate program director for research and director of the Osteoarthritis Center, Department of Orthopaedics, Henry Ford Hospital.
Dr. Nelson will present the results this week at the Orthopaedic Research Society's annual meeting in New Orleans.
Dr. Nelson explains that in the laboratory, electromagnetic signals have been shown to decrease calcium in cartilage cells. This sets off a series of chemical events that can lead to reduced inflammation. Previously, the electromagnetic fields have been used to control pain related to cosmetic surgery.
"We are really fine-tuning what we are doing to the cell environment with a very specific pulse sequence and frequency," says Dr. Nelson.
Patients strapped the small, ring-shaped plastic device around their knees for 15 minutes, twice daily for six weeks. The device was lightweight and patients could position the device directly over clothing. All participants were given a device with a coil that appeared to work but some were assigned active coils and others were given non-active coils. The electromagnetic device was developed by Ivivi Health Sciences of Montvale, New Jersey.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a leading cause of disability and loss of independence. It is a slow, progressively degenerative disease in which the joint cartilage gradually wears away due to trauma, aging or infection. As the cartilage thins, the surrounding bone thickens and often bones rub against one another, causing additional wear. Normal activity becomes painful and difficult.
Current treatments include drug therapies like anti-inflammatory medication or pain relievers; physical therapy; support devices; health and behavioral modifications such as weight loss; surgery and joint replacement.
Dr. Nelson explains that medications often have variable success and can produce considerable side effects such as changes in kidney and liver function, a reduction in the ability of blood to clot as well as abdominal pain, nausea and indigestion.
"The exciting thing about this new approach is that it has been found to have no side effects, it is relatively low-cost in the long-run and the onset of pain relief is immediate," says Dr. Nelson. "We look at electromagnetic pulses as a potential way to improve quality of life and independence for those who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee."
Dr. Nelson says researchers will continue to look at the consistency of the relief, how long the pain relief lasts and if electromagnetic pulses might affect other joints.
Funding for the study: Ivivi Health Sciences.
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Is this different from the e-stim devices that have been around for quite some time? I read recently that they did not show to be all that helpful for pain. However, anything that works, I say YAY!
I LOVE electro-medicine!!
Just plug you in and go, huh? ;)
Sounds good to me.
Give me some of that for my hurting hip. I’ll volunteer for a free clinical trial. LOL
I’ll take some for my neck pain...............pppullleeezzzeee.
Wonder if it would help the sore stiffness in my right hand after slamming 300 rounds of 9MM and 9x18 ammo through targets yesterday?
This device has been available in Europe for quite a while. My wife got one from her brother who lives over there. I notice she doesn’t use it much preferring medications.
LOLOL........that’s a good pain.
Oh yes, yes it is! I always have such a warm fuzzy feeling as I drive home again to extend the pleasure by cleaning the tools thoroughly. Going back this afternoon in fact. The M1 Carbine needs exercising. And a couple of revolvers newly purchased need testing/zeroing.
Having worked (as a power distribution Lineman) for many years, I can verify that the emp from those lines do in fact relieve arthritis pain! Ya just don’t want to get too close!
Man, I hope you have a big stash of ammo left. Mine comes from over use from quilting, knitting, crocheting, and gardening.
And if obamadeathcare goes through we seniors won’t have to worry, we won’t be getting much healthcare.
OBAMANOMICSTRICKLE DOWN DESTRUCTION of the economy
Bambi doesnt keep his promises...so buyer beware!
SET THEIR LOCAL AND DC LINES ON FIRE!
PLEASE ASK THEM TO REPEAL THE BIG NEW FEES in TRICARE for Life, the retired Military over 65 secondary health ins. which they passed in a DOD bill. They promised our Military these benefits, and our Military have earned them.
Sen Scott Browns number is 202-224-4543
Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121
Lots of local demwit phone numbers on this thread
Rename, repackage, rewrite it a tad smaller, and sell another pig in a poke. NO COLAs for granny, retired Military or retired fed employees. BIG NEW fees for Tricare for Life retired over 65 Militarys secondary health ins. (DOD bill already passed, delayed but goes into effect 2011 NEEDS TO BE REPEALED!
OBAMAs WAR ON SENIORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2433867/posts/
New Dem mantra: Woof, woof eat dog food granny....ala let them eat cake.
Obama says slight fix will extend Social Security, http://townhall.com/news/us/2010/02/19/obama_says_slight_fix_will_extend_social_security
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Health Reforms Hidden Victims Young people and seniors would pay a high price for ObamaCare.
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TRI CARE FOR LIFE This from a google search:
This option would help reduce the costs of TFL, as well as costs for Medicare, by introducing minimum out-of pocket requirements for beneficiaries. Under this option, TFL would not cover any of the first $525 of an enrollees cost-sharing liabilities for calendar year 2011 and would limit coverage to 50 percent of the next $4,725 in Medicare cost sharing that the beneficiary incurred. (Because all further cost sharing would be covered by TFL, enrollees could not pay more than $2,888 in cost sharing in that year.) http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/99xx/doc9925/12-18-HealthOptions.pdf
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Congress plans to block Tricare fee increases
By Rick Maze - Staff writer, Oct 7, 2009
Tricare fee increases imposed last week by the Defense Department will be repealed by a provision of the compromise 2010 defense authorization bill unveiled Wednesday by House and Senate negotiators.
The fee increases were announced on Sept. 30 and took effect on Oct. 1, but the defense bill, HR 2647, includes a provision barring any fee increases until the start of fiscal 2011.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Bill Matz, president of the National Association for Uniformed Services, said the announcement of fee increases was shocking considering that the Obama administration promised earlier this year to hold off on any new fee Tricare fee increases until fiscal 2011.
President Obama and DoD assured NAUS and the entire military family earlier this year that there would rightly be no increases in any Tricare fees in fiscal 2010, Matz said. We took them at their word, and I cant believe that a co-pay increase like this was allowed to go forward, he added.
We are electrical beings. If someone has a heart attack, what do they do? They ZAP you! Freerepublic ZOT’s You and Paramedics Zap you.
I have done a lot of reading on that basis, we are electrical beings. It is an obvious fact we can benefit from Eletro medicine. Bob Beck was a great writer and teacher.
I have never read any of his stuff, but this makes me want to!
My doctor wrote me a prescription for something like this. But it’s not like you can fill it at the local Walgreens. I never ordered one. But I still may. Don’t know if my insurance will pay for it or not, but at this point, I’m also am not sure I care.
Pain can be a great motivator. Hope you find what works.
Anyone that has used a “Hulda Clark” zapper is quite familiar with this fact. - The 30 KC pulses from the oscillator kill off the bacteria, and also are extremely relaxing, to the point that insomnia is unknown to any regular user.
Between Chondroitin sulphate, and the zapper, there is no excuse any more for suffering from osteo arthritis.
You can get a low powered unit for about $25-30 at ebay.
My son-in-law has the prescription unit, but he says that it has too much power, and does more harm than good. He switched to using the ‘Hulda’ model that I gave to my daughter, and likes it much better.
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