Electromagnetic fields in the treatment of chronic lower back pain in patients with degenerative disc disease

Future Sci OA. 2016 Feb 11;2(1):FSO105. doi: 10.4155/fsoa-2015-0019. eCollection 2016 Mar.

Abstract

Aim: To examine the effects of low-amplitude, low frequency electromagnetic field therapy (EMF) therapy in patients with persistent chronic lower back pain associated with degenerative disc disease.

Design: Double-blind, randomized and placebo controlled.

Intervention: EMF using a medical device resonator; control group underwent same procedures, except the device was turned off.

Outcome measures: Pain reduction and mobility.

Results: Improvements in overall physical health, social functioning and reduction in bodily pain were observed in the EMF group. The pain relief rating scale showed a higher level of pain relief at the target area in the EMF group. An increase in left lateral mobility was seen only in the EMF group.

Conclusion: EMF treatment may be of benefit to patients with chronic nonresponsive lower back pain associated with degenerative disc disease.

Keywords: alternative and complimentary medicine; biotechnology; pain.