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The effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
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PMID:  19015858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this study, we planned to investigate the effects of pulse electromagnetic field (PEMF) on pain relief and functional capacity of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Fifty-five patients with knee OA were included in a randomized, placebo-controlled study. At the end of the therapy, there was statistically significant improvement in pain scores in both groups (P < 0.05). However, no significant difference was observed within the groups (P > 0.05). We observed statistically significant improvement in some of the subgroups of Lequesne index. These are morning stiffness and activities of daily living activities compared to placebo group. However, we could not observe statistically significant differences in total of the scale between two groups (P > 0.05). Applying between-group analysis, we were unable to demonstrate a beneficial symptomatic effect of PEMF in the treatment of knee OA in all patients. Further studies using different types of magnetic devices, treatment protocols and patient populations are warranted to confirm the general efficacy of PEMF therapy in OA and other conditions.
Saime Ay; Deniz Evcik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2008-11-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rheumatology international     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1437-160X     ISO Abbreviation:  Rheumatol. Int.     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-26     Completed Date:  2009-08-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8206885     Medline TA:  Rheumatol Int     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  663-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ufuk University School of Medicine Doctor Ridvan Ege Hospital, Balgat, 06520, Ankara,
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Electromagnetic Fields*
Middle Aged
Osteoarthritis, Knee / physiopathology,  therapy*
Pain / therapy
Pain Measurement
Physical Examination
Prospective Studies
Range of Motion, Articular
Treatment Outcome

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