Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy

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PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC THERAPY. It is an exciting therapy helping osteoarthritis, MS, peristent rotator cuff tendinitis, plastic surgery, chronic lateral humeral epicondylitis, fibromyalgia, lumbar fusions, nerve regeneration, peripheral nerve regeneration, tibial non-fusion, melanomas, diabetic wound healing, sciatic nerve regeneration, chronic spine pain, arthritic knees and shoulders. Many medical double-blind studies on PEMF and its effectiveness. It is one of our therapies and benefits many. Note the following medical article on Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy:
Fundamental and practical aspects of therapeutic use
of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs).
Bassett CA
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University, New York, New York.
The beneficial therapeutic effects of selected low-
energy, time-varying magnetic fields,
called PEMFs, have been documented with increasing
frequency since 1973. Initially,
this form of athermal energy was used mainly as a salvage for patients with long-standing
juvenile and adult nonunions. Many of these individuals were candidates for amputation.

Their clearly documented resistance to the usual forms of surgical treatment, including
bone grafting, served as a reasonable control in judging the efficacy of this new
therapeutic method, particularly when PEMFs were the sole change in patient
management. More recently, the biological effectiveness of this approach in augmenting
bone healing has been confirmed by several highly significant double-blind and
controlled prospective studies in less challenging clinical circumstances. Furthermore,
double-blind evidence of therapeutic effects in other clinical disorders has emerged.
These data, coupled with well-controlled laboratory findings on pertinent mechanisms of
action, have begun to place PEMFs on a therapeutic par with surgically invasive methods
but at considerably less risk and cost. As a result of these clinical observations and
concerns about electromagnetic "pollution", interactions of nonionizing electromagnetic
fields with biological processes have been the subject of increasing investigational
activity. Over the past decade, the number of publications on these topics has risen
exponentially. They now include textbooks, specialty journals, regular reviews by
government agencies, in addition to individual articles, appearing in the wide spectrum of
peer-reviewed, scientific sources. In a recent editorial in Current Contents, the editor
reviews the frontiers of biomedical engineering focusing on Science Citation Index
methods for identifying core research endeavors. Dr. Garfield chose PEMFs from among
other biomedical engineering efforts as an example of a rapidly emerging discipline.
Three new societies in the bioelectromagnetics, bioelectrochemistry, and bioelectrical
growth and repair have been organized during this time, along with a number of national
and international committees and conferences. These activities augment a continuing
interest by the IEEE in the U.S. and the IEE in the U.K. This review focuses on the
principles and practice behind the therapeutic use of "PEMFs". This term is restricted to
time-varying magnetic field characteristics that induce voltage waveform patterns in bone
similar to those resulting from mechanical deformat
ion. These asymmetric, broad-band
pulses affect a number of biologic processes atherm
ally. Many of these processes appear
to have the ability to modify selected pathologic s
tates in the musculoskeletal and other