PULSED MAGNETIC FREQUENCY AND PAIN RELIEF
an article from Dr. Pawlik.com
"Back Pain and Lumbar Disc Disease"
PEMFS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF BACK PAIN - Except in the face of severe, potentially disabling and destructive back pain conditions, PEMFs should be considered before any procedural or surgical intervention.
So you might ask, is there evidence to support the use of PEMFs for back pain? Below are 2 articles regarding the use of PEMFs for back pain. The 1st is using a very low intensity PEMF system.
Back pain and whiplash syndrome are very common involving tremendous costs and extensive medical effort. In two prospective randomized studies, patients with either lumbar radiculopathy in the segments L5/S1 or the whiplash syndrome were investigated. They excluded patients with prolapsed intervertebral discs, systemic neurological diseases, epilepsy, and pregnancy. A total of 100 patients with lumbar radiculopathy and 92 with the whiplash syndrome were studied. Both groups (magnetic field treatment and controls) received standard medication consisting of diclofenac and tizanidine, while the magnetic field was only applied in group 1, twice a day, for a period of two weeks. In patients suffering from radiculopathy, the average time until pain relief and painless walking was 8 days in the magnetic field group, and 12 days in controls (p < 0.04). In patients with the whiplash syndrome, pain was measured on a ten-point scale. Pain in the head was on average 4.6 before and 2.1 after treatment in those receiving magnetic field treatment, and 4.2/3.5 in controls. Neck pain was on average 6.3/1.9 as opposed to 5.3/4.6, and pain in the shoulder/arm was 2.4/0.8 as opposed to 2.8/2.2 (p < 0.03 for all regions). So, they concluded, that PEMFs appear to have a considerable and statistically significant potential for reducing pain in cases of lumbar radiculopathy and the whiplash syndrome.
In this study the PEMF used was the MRS 2000. The polarity was switched every 2 minutes, with the cushion being applied each time for 16 minutes and the whole-body mat for 8 minutes. Extended use is feasible and may actually often should produce better results than studied in this care project. I will often recommend up to an hour 3 times a day at the beginning, gradually tapering down in time to at least 30 minutes twice a day. Also I would use the highest intensity possible with the pillow applicator to the lower back.
In another randomized controlled clinical trial, they evaluated the effect of a PEMF system in the management of patients with discogenic lumbar radiculopathy. Radiculopathy refers to a set of conditions in which one or more nerves is affected and does not work properly (a neuropathy). The emphasis is on the nerve root. This can result in pain (radicular pain), weakness, numbness, or difficulty controlling specific muscles. In a radiculopathy, the problem occurs at or near the root of the nerve, along the spine. However, the pain or other symptoms often radiate to the part of the body served by that nerve. For example, a nerve root impingement in the lower back or lumbar-sacral spine can be manifested with symptoms in the foot or sciatica. The radicular pain that results from a radiculopathy should not be confused with referred pain, which is different both in mechanism and clinical features.
Forty patients suffering from lumbar radiculopathy due to lumbar disc prolapse were randomly assigned to one of two groups: a study group that included 20 patients who received PEMF therapy and a control group that included 20 patients who received placebo treatment. Both groups were evaluated at baseline and after 3 weeks by using a visual analogue pain scale (VAS) (0-10), objective electrical somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) for selected dermatomes and a questionnaire using a Modified Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability scale (OSW). Findings were compared before and after treatment. Significant differences were observed between both groups before and after application of PEMF therapy relative to overall pain, Oswestry Low Back Pain, personal care, lifting, walking, sitting, sleeping, social life and employment. Even more importantly, were the objective measures of improvements in tissue pain related brain sensation perceived effects, the SSEPs. The actual statistical significance values are: VAS (P=0.024), total OSW (P<0.001), and other domains of OSW score (pain intensity [P=0.009], personal care [P=0.01], lifting [P<0.001], walking [P<0.001], sitting [P<0.001], standing [P<0.001], sleeping [P<0.001], social life [P<0.001] and employment [P=0.003]). Other significant differences were observed between both groups relative to SSEP latency and amplitude of the evaluated dermatomes on the right side (P=0.022 and P=0.001, respectively), and left side latency and amplitude (P=0.016 and P=0.002, respectively).
The authors concluded that PEMF therapy is an effective method for the conservative treatment of lumbar radiculopathy caused by lumbar disc prolapse. In addition to improvement of clinically observed radicular symptoms, PEMF also seems effective in reducing nerve root compression as evidenced by improvement of SSEP parameters after treatment.
I can tell you that in my clinical practice, I have treated hundreds of patients with low back pain, very successfully, just using PEMFs. The challenge in medicine, is that most of the treatments for pain do not remove the cause. They simply help you with the symptoms. Often, the pain, even after “definitive” surgery comes back. This is due to the fact that we can’t always identify the actual pain generator. The x-ray may indicate that there is a herniated disc or pressure on a nerve, that is, radiculopathy, but these may not actually be causing the pain. They may eventually, but at the moment they may not be the true cause. So, it makes much more sense to treat these kinds of problems conservatively with something that will reduce the pain and help the local tissues decrease swelling, improve circulation, and so on, without the risk of a more harmful intervention.
While PEMFs can be especially dramatic in acute back pain, they are actually most often used for chronic back pain. Most people with acute back pain resolved their pain problems in a short time. Those patients who had PEMF systems for other reasons and used them for their acute back pain got over their back pain much faster. People often become more desperate in managing their chronic back pain and therefore resort to more “desperate measures.”
I have even had a number of patients who have what are called “failed backs”. These individuals have had multiple procedures to their backs and still have severe or even worse pain than when they had before the procedures. In this situation, pulsed magnetic field therapy is a rescue treatment and can make a huge difference in their ability to function. While it may not be able to completely eliminate the pain, a severe pain may become a mild pain, which is much more tolerable.
I learned as a physician, decades ago, that if the patients came to see me I could only recommend them approaches that I had learned and experienced. I would almost never recommend them approaches I knew very little about, such as chiropractic, acupuncture, bodywork, etc. after all, these seem to be less “scientific” and less medically credible. So, as a result but most other doctors, patients would end up going down the path of inappropriate, expensive, and often disastrous medical approaches that were unwarranted, if I had only known about other technologies. Unfortunately, most of these other technologies or outside the house of medicine, and are often not covered by insurance. As a result most doctors, myself included at the time, did not ever consider these other options. The other unfortunate situation is that, if I make my living doing a particular procedure, then that is what I’m going to do. So it starts become very obvious, that the individual will be responsible for their own health destiny. Because I was frustrated with the options I had available to me, having seen firsthand many times, the consequences of inappropriate and unnecessary procedures, when considering other options that were available outside the medical sphere, I obtained training in some of these other disciplines to better understand the value they might have. This is one of the reasons I began to work with magnetic therapies. I began to see their potential very early, seeing as well, that they had very low risk. It took about 20 years of practice to finally get to this point. As a result, I want to see other people benefit from my experience, without having to wait as many years, and having to learn the hard way.
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