The number of people with arthritis in the world has risen to over 50 million. Arthritis is a highly prevalent chronic condition that increases with age.
You can manage arthritis with PEMF therapy.
There are many types of arthritis, but none are more common than the subtype of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is seen in every country in the world. Over 10% of North Americans are currently living with osteoarthritis. It’s characterized by joint swelling, stiffness, redness and pain due to a breakdown of joint cartilage. Like most diseases, the treatment for osteoarthritis revolves around relieving the distress of the symptoms as opposed to stopping disease progression. Treatment with medication or surgery is conventional therapy, but both can have potential long-term side effects. PEMF therapy offers a new method for treating osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis and PEMF
PEMF therapy aims at stimulating tissue repair in the afflicted joint. Instead of treating the symptoms of osteoarthritis, PEMF treats the root cause of the problem. Research has been very promising and recent studies have shown substantial improvements for people with osteoarthritis.
In 2009, a study concluded that low frequency pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) can provide a non-invasive, safe and easy way to treat pain, inflammation and dysfunctions associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). It also went on to say that the use of PEMF for curing arthritis has shown that PEMF not only alleviates the pain in the arthritis condition, but it also affords chondroprotection, exerts anti-inflammatory action and helps in bone remodeling and this could be developed into a viable alternative for arthritis therapy.
In order to ensure PEMF therapy was truly effective and not just a placebo effect, one more study was conducted. 14 randomized, double blind clinical trials, comprised of over 900 patients, were analysed. PEMF was found to be significantly more efficacious at 4 and 8 weeks than the placebo. When the efficacy of PEMF was evaluated for function, a significant improvement was observed 8 weeks after the treatment initiation.
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