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Is there any Role for Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields in the Treatment of Early Osteoarthritis of the Knee?
Author(s): Dnyanesh Lad, Georgios Karnatzikos and Alberto GobbiDnyanesh Lad, Georgios Karnatzikos and Alberto Gobbi
Objective: Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) were introduced in the clinical setting in the 1970s. Proven to be a successful method of treating non-union and delayed union of fractures, its effects on cartilage has remained ambiguous. PEMFs have demonstrated a pro-anabolic and anti-catabolic activity on cartilage metabolism. We hypothesized that the use of PEMFs in patients with symptomatic cartilage lesions of the knee would lead to improved clinical outcomes in an observational study to evaluate the results after 2-years. Methods: 25 patients between the age of 30 and 60 years who underwent treatment with PEMFs for symptomatic cartilage lesions of the knee (grade 1-2 as per ICRS classification) were included in this prospective case series. Patients were evaluated pre-treatment, at 12 months and 24 months using Visual Analogue Scale (VAS.. View More»