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The results of a double-blind trial of pulsed electromagnetic frequency in the treatment of Perthes' disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9075106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A double-blind trial of the use of pulsed electro-magnetic frequency (PEMF) in the treatment of Perthes' disease was constructed by using this therapy to supplement a long-practised non-weight-bearing orthotic treatment, the Birmingham Containment Splint. Twenty-one boys with Perthes' disease were treated with this combined regimen; they were divided into two groups. All wore the orthosis but the treatment coil was inactive in one group; the state of coil activity was unknown to clinic staff or patients. The duration of non-weight-bearing orthotic treatment needed to achieve a stated degree of femoral head reconstitution was recorded; there was no discernible difference between the two groups, treatment time being 12 months in one group and 12.5 months in the other. It was concluded that PEMF cannot be offered for the therapy of Perthes' disease.
M H Harrison; C A Bassett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric orthopedics     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0271-6798     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Orthop     Publication Date:    1997 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-06-24     Completed Date:  1997-06-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109053     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Orthop     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  264-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, England.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Combined Modality Therapy
Double-Blind Method
Electromagnetic Fields*
Legg-Perthes Disease / therapy*
Orthotic Devices*

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