First question we always get…
Does PEMF actually work? The answer is yes! PEMF has been around since early 1970s. In 1979 it was FDA approved to treat nonunion fractures. Since then there has been a ton of research done on PEMF. Here are a few that we found.
Aaron, R. K. (n.d.). Upregulation of basal TGFP, levels by EMF coincident with chondrogenesis – implications for skeletal repair and tissue engineering . Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 20(2002), 233–240.
Borges, B., Hosek, R., & Esposito, S. (2019). Effects of PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) stimulation on chronic pain and anxiety utilizing decreased treatment frequency and duration application. Frontiers in Neurology, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/conf.fneur.2019.62.00007
Cadossi, R., Massari, L., Racine-Avila, J., & Aaron, R. K. (2020). Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulation of Bone Healing and Joint Preservation: Cellular Mechanisms of Skeletal Response. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Global research & reviews, 4(5), e1900155. https://doi.org/10.5435/JAAOSGlobal-D-19-00155
Jeon, H.-S., Kang, S.-Y., Park, J.-H., & Lee, H.-S. (2015). Effects of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy on delayed-onset muscle soreness in biceps brachii. Physical Therapy in Sport, 16(1), 34–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2014.02.006
Weintraub, M. I., & Cole, S. P. (2005). Pulsed magnetic field therapy in refractory carpal tunnel syndrome: Electrodiagnostic Parameters – Pilot Study. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 18(3-4), 79–83. https://doi.org/10.3233/bmr-2005-183-404
Yang, X., He, H., Ye, W., Perry, T. A., & He, C. (2020). Effects of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy on pain, stiffness, physical function, and quality of life in patients with osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials. Physical Therapy, 100(7), 1118–1131. https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzaa054
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