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.