In 1979, the Food and Drug Administration approved pulsed electromagnetic field therapy for use of various orthopedic issues, as well as in the treatment of depression. Over the last thirty years, it has shown to help in bone healing in fractures that are slow to heal, or do not fuse, and has is quite helpful in reducing pain.
Patients who are able to undergo PEMF therapy are healthy adults who are active or sedentary, as well as patients who older, but still live an active lifestyle. Some of the most common reasons undergoing this specific type of therapy are as follows:
- Cervical pain
- Lumbar pain
- Sport Injuries
- Muscle pain
Many different types of medical personnel use pulsed electromagnetic devices for treatment of patients including:
- General Physicians
Although once thought of as only an adjuvant therapy, it is considered a safe medical treatment, though there certain patients who should avoid it due to prior medical issues. People who suffer from Epilepsy are not considered suitable candidates to receive treatment, nor are pregnant woman due to risk to the fetus. For patients with an underlying heart condition and have a pacemaker implanted, it is considered too risky as the magnetic waves could interfere with the rhythm of their pacemakers.
During a PEMFT session, electrical energy is utilized to send magnetic pulses into the injured tissue. With each pulse, a minute electric signal stimulates repair of cells at the area of injury or non-fused bone. This, in turn, can have a positive impact on the healing process.
Research has effectively demonstrated the pros of PEMF. It has been shown to be beneficial in the healing of soft-tissue injuries and wounds. In addition, is decreases the inflammatory response and thus helps to alleviate pain.
As with any proposed medical treatment, it is best to gain as much knowledge as possible so a well-informed decision can be made. Doing research beforehand and alleviate and fears or worries one might have prior to undergoing pulse magnetic therapy.