Lumbar radiculopathy in 100 patients and reclining syndrome in 92 patients were the subject of study C. Thuile and M. Walzl. All were treated with low-frequency pulsed magnetotherapy using a frequency of 64 Hz (2 times a day, 2 weeks) and an intensity of 0.01 – 0.03 mT.
Pulsed magnet therapy can be an effective treatment not only for acute but also for chronic pain. A typical example of chronic pain is nerve oppression due to degenerative changes in the spine. Back pain and back pain syndrome are widespread diseases that are accompanied by large financial expenses and extensive medical efforts. Rapid relief of symptoms, especially pain, is needed.
The two randomised groups in this controlled clinical trial were either patients with lumbar radiculopathy in the L5/S1 spinal segment (nerve root involvement) or patients with the so-called abutment syndrome. This refers to a possible injury to the cervical spine when the head is thrown into extreme flexion during a sudden impact.
Both the control and the pulsed magnet therapy groups received anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics (diclofenac and tizanidine).
In the case of lumbar radiculopathy, pain relief and pain-free walking in the group undergoing pulsed magnetotherapy took up to 8.2 days on average, whereas in the control group it took up to 11.7 days on average.
Pain was measured on a ten-point scale in patients with leaning syndrome.
Headache in the magnet therapy group decreased from 4.6 to 2.1 on average compared to the control group, which decreased from 4.2 to 3.5.
At the same time, neck pain was reduced from 6.3 to 1.9 in patients treated with pulsed magnet therapy, whereas in the control group only from 5.3 to 4.6.
Finally, shoulder and arm pain was reduced on average from 2.4 to 0.8 in the group affected by the analgesic effects of the pulsed magnetic field, but only from 2.8 to 2.2 in the control group.
The results of the study show that pulsed magnet therapy has a significant and statistically significant potential for pain relief in cases of lumbar radiculopathy and backrest syndrome.
Source: Thuile, C. & Walzl, M. (2002) Evaluation of electromagnetic fields in the treatment of pain in patients with lumbar radiculopathy or the whiplash syndrome. NeuroRehabilitation. 17 (1), 63
Evaluation of electromagnetic fields in treatment of pain in patients with lumbar radiculopathy or the whiplash syndrome
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