Nerve root involvement by intervertebral disc compression is another of the many causes of chronic spinal pain. Therefore, the efficacy of pulsed magnetotherapy in the conservative treatment of discogenic lumbar radiculopathy was investigated in a total of sixty patients and evaluated in comparison with a control group of patients without pulsed magnetotherapy. The results of both groups were compared before and after the end of the therapy.
The study indicated that pulsed magnet therapy also likely reduces nerve root oppression based on improved SSEP endpoints.
SSEP is a neurological examination of somatosensory evoked potentials, in which the peripheral nerve is electrically stimulated and the signal conduction to the cortical projection area is mapped. In other words, the function of the somatosensory pathway is examined by irritating the nerve and then observing the response and overall signal conduction.
After applications of pulsed magnetic fields at a frequency of 7 Hz and an intensity of 0.5 – 1.5 mT always 20 minutes a day for three weeks, nerve root oppression was reduced and patients experienced significant pain relief and a reduction in pain severity.
Low-frequency pulsed magnetotherapy has proven to be very effective in the conservative treatment of lumbar radiculopathy caused by intervertebral disc prolapse.
Source: Omar, A. S. et al. (2012) Evaluation of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in the management of patients with discogenic lumbar radiculopathy. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. [Online] 15 (5), e101-e108.
Ohodnocení pulzní magnetické terapie při léčení pacientů s disckogenickou bederní radiculopatí / Evaluation of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in the management of patients with discogenic lumbar radiculopathy
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