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ACE Report #4753
Ace Report Cover General Orthopaedics

Pulsing electromagnetic field treatment yields no effect on disuse osteopenia (bone loss)


Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Electromagnetic effects on forearm disuse osteopenia: a randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled study

Bioelectromagnetics. 2011 May;32(4):273-82. doi: 10.1002/bem.20632. Epub 2010 Dec 22

Contributing Authors: JA Spadaro WH Short PR Sheehe RM Hickman DH Feiglin

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Synopsis

99 patients were randomized to examine whether a common pulsing electromagnetic field (PEMF) treatment could reduce the substantial osteopenia that occurs after forearm disuse. Patients wore either sham or active PEMF transducers (both for 1, 2, or 4 h/day) on the distal forearm for 8 weeks. The particular PEMF waveform and durations applied to the patients was revealed to have no effect on the co...

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