Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields can Reduce Pain in the Short Term in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis

Summary of: Bagnato GL, Miceli G, Marino N, Sciortino D, Bagnato GF. Pulsed electromagnetic fields in knee osteoarthritis: a double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2016;55:755-762.

Question: Can daily treatment with pulsed electromagnetic fields decrease pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis? Design: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Setting: One Italian rheumatology outpatient clinic. Participants: People aged over 40 years with a diagnosis of primary osteoarthritis of the knee according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria; symptomatic disease for the last 6 months with persistent pain defined as a minimal mean score of 40 mm on a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) despite receiving maximal tolerated doses of conventional medication. Randomisation allocated 33 patients to active treatment and 33 to placebo treatment. Interventions: Participants in the treatment group were given a pulsed electromagnetic fields wearable device, while those in the placebo group received a device with no electromagnetic properties. The devices that were used are commercially available and the placebo devices were identical to the active devices, including a light-emitting diode light showing operation. The devices were used 12 hours daily for 1 month. Outcome measures: A blinded assessor administered the outcome measures at 1 month (end of treatment): pain measured on a VAS (VAS-pain, 0 to 100); the

Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index, subscale pain (WOMAC-pain); and the Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 36 version-2 (SF-36) physical and mental component summary scores (0 to 100). Results: A total of 60 participants (91%) completed the assessment at 1 month. The mean difference was 13.6 units (95% CI 7.9 to 19.3) in VAS-pain and 5.6 units (95% CI 2.9 to 8.4) in WOMAC-pain, both favouring the active pulsed electromagnetic fields group. There were minor differences in favour of the pulsed electromagnetic fields group in the SF-36 physical health (mean difference 2.7 units, 95% CI 0.3 to 5.2) and the SF-36 mental health (mean difference 0.5 units, 95% CI –1.5 to 2.6). Conclusion: In patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, pulsed electromagnetic fields decreased pain, but had little impact on health-related quality of life. Provenance: Invited. Not peer reviewed.

Ka ̊ re Birger Hagena and Margreth Grotleba National Advisory Unit on Rehabilitation in Rheumatology, Department of Rheumatology, Diakonhjemmet Hospital b Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy, Oslo, Norway

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Glenn Streeter

With a degree in Exercise Physiology, emphasizing Sports Medicine and Philosophy, Glenn has been practicing Sports Physiology and Energy Medicine for over thirty years. His clients include world champion and national caliber athletes from a variety of disciplines, as well as celebrities. An avid off-road motorcycle and mountain bike racer, Glenn knows the value of Energy Medicine and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy. In his holistic healing practice, Glenn employs a variety of PEMF devices, and contributes his knowledge to the alternative medicine community via syndicated radio programs, prominent news outlets, and online subscription services, including Boulder County's Gaia and Rense.com. In addition to co-founding Vital Life Services, acting as the company's spokesperson, Glenn also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Pulsed Harmonix, a Colorado based PEMF device company offering state of the art technology at an affordable price. 

Effectiveness of an Innovative Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Stimulation in Healing of Untreatable Skin Ulcers in the Frail Elderly: Two Case Reports

Introduction

"Recalcitrant skin ulcers are a major burden in elderly patients. Specifically, chronic wounds result in significant morbidity and mortality and have a profound economic impact. Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) have proved to be a promising therapy for wound healing. Here we describe the first reported case of an innovative PEMF therapy, Emysimmetric Bilateral Stimulation (EBS), used to successfully treat refractory skin ulcers in two elderly and fragile patients. Case Presentation. Two elderly patients developed multiple chronic skin ulcerations. Despite appropriate treatment, the ulcers showed little improvement and the risk of amputation was high. Both patients underwent daily EBS therapy and standard dressing. After few weeks of treatment, major improvements were observed and all ulcers had healed.Conclusion. In patients with refractory ulceration, EBS therapy may be of real benefit in terms of faster healing. This case supports the supportive role for PEMFs in the treatment of skin ulceration in diabetes and is suggestive of a potential benefit of EBS in this clinical condition."

- Fabio Guerriero,1,2,3 Emanuele Botarelli,3 Gianni Mele,3 Lorenzo Polo,3 Daniele Zoncu,3 Paolo Renati,3,4 Carmelo Sgarlata,1 Marco Rollone,2 Giovannoi Ricevuti,1,2 Niccolò Maurizi,1 Matthew Francis,1 Mariangela Rondanelli,5 Simone Perna,5 Davide Guido,2,6 and Piero Mannu3

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Glenn Streeter

With a degree in Exercise Physiology, emphasizing Sports Medicine and Philosophy, Glenn has been practicing Sports Physiology and Energy Medicine for over thirty years. His clients include world champion and national caliber athletes from a variety of disciplines, as well as celebrities. An avid off-road motorcycle and mountain bike racer, Glenn knows the value of Energy Medicine and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy. In his holistic healing practice, Glenn employs a variety of PEMF devices, and contributes his knowledge to the alternative medicine community via syndicated radio programs, prominent news outlets, and online subscription services, including Boulder County's Gaia and Rense.com. In addition to co-founding Vital Life Services, acting as the company's spokesperson, Glenn also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Pulsed Harmonix, a Colorado based PEMF device company offering state of the art technology at an affordable price. 

Mechanisms and Therapeutic Effectiveness of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy in Oncology

Abstract

"Cancer is one of the most common causes of death worldwide. Available treatments are associated with numerous side effects and only a low percentage of patients achieve complete remission. Therefore, there is a strong need for new therapeutic strategies. In this regard, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy presents several potential advantages including non-invasiveness, safety, lack of toxicity for non-cancerous cells, and the possibility of being combined with other available therapies. Indeed, PEMF stimulation has already been used in the context of various cancer types including skin, breast, prostate, hepatocellular, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, bladder, thyroid, and colon cancer in vitro and in vivo. At present, only limited application of PEMF in cancer has been documented in humans. In this article, we review the experimental and clinical evidence of PEMF therapy discussing future perspectives in its use in oncology."

Maria Vadalà1, Julio Cesar Morales-Medina2, Annamaria Vallelunga3, Beniamino Palmieri1, Carmen Laurino1 & Tommaso Iannitti4 1Department of General Surgery and Surgical Specialties, Surgical Clinic, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Medical School, Modena, Italy 2Centro de Investigación en Reproducción Animal, CINVESTAV- Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala, Mexico 3Department of Medicine and Surgery, Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (CEMAND), University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy 4Department of Neuroscience, Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Glenn Streeter

With a degree in Exercise Physiology, emphasizing Sports Medicine and Philosophy, Glenn has been practicing Sports Physiology and Energy Medicine for over thirty years. His clients include world champion and national caliber athletes from a variety of disciplines, as well as celebrities. An avid off-road motorcycle and mountain bike racer, Glenn knows the value of Energy Medicine and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy. In his holistic healing practice, Glenn employs a variety of PEMF devices, and contributes his knowledge to the alternative medicine community via syndicated radio programs, prominent news outlets, and online subscription services, including Boulder County's Gaia and Rense.com. In addition to co-founding Vital Life Services, acting as the company's spokesperson, Glenn also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Pulsed Harmonix, a Colorado based PEMF device company offering state of the art technology at an affordable price. 

Rosemary May: A Success Story

Since I began practicing Exercise Physiology and Energy Medicine three decades ago, I've had the pleasure of working with some remarkable people, from world champion athletes to celebrities, but one of my greatest success stories is that of Rosemary May, a woman in her late 60's who was struggling with chronic pain when we first met. As Rosemary describes below, her pain was so debilitating that she had become quite sedentary, giving up her youthful athleticism for the comfort of her home. The two of us worked together for several months through the summer of 1999 until she was healed. That winter, while atop one of my favorite ski slopes, I happened upon Rosemary. Overjoyed to see me, she kissed me on the cheek, and explained what a difference my intensive therapy made in her life; not only had she fully recovered, but she was skiing once more. Here's Rosemary in her own words.

                                                                      September 30, 1999

Dear Reader,                         

I am 68 years old, and feel born again thanks to Glenn Streeter. In 1998, I was becoming very sedentary due to chronic pain after lumbar and cervical fusions. It was depressing and my lifestyle was severely impacted. In the summer of 1999, I started appointments with Glenn and he patiently work with me on movement, e.g., stretching, exercise, and massage. Three months later, I am working, with his help, on advanced equipment and weights. My chronic pain is gone. I have new energy and a positive outlook on life. Best of all, I'll be skiing this winter!

Thank you Glenn!

Sincerely, 

Rosemary May

 

 

Glenn Streeter

With a degree in Exercise Physiology, emphasizing Sports Medicine and Philosophy, Glenn has been practicing Sports Physiology and Energy Medicine for over thirty years. His clients include world champion and national caliber athletes from a variety of disciplines, as well as celebrities. An avid off-road motorcycle and mountain bike racer, Glenn knows the value of Energy Medicine and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy. In his holistic healing practice, Glenn employs a variety of PEMF devices, and contributes his knowledge to the alternative medicine community via syndicated radio programs, prominent news outlets, and online subscription services, including Boulder County's Gaia and Rense.com. In addition to co-founding Vital Life Services, acting as the company's spokesperson, Glenn also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Pulsed Harmonix, a Colorado based PEMF device company offering state of the art technology at an affordable price.