Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is one of the most common sources of pain for older adults. After years of doing the heavy work of going up and down stairs, supporting all of your weight and generally working hard, knees are often the first to go.
OA is the wearing down and inflammation of the components of a joint. Cartilage commonly erodes, changing the anatomy of the knee. When parts begin to collide, swelling and pain occur.
Most people with OA treat it with some type of analgesic, whether topical or oral. Researchers are exploring other treatment modalities that do not require taking pills or having a dreaded surgery.
The Magic of Modern Science
One such area of interest to researchers is the use of pulsed electromagnetic fields or PEMF. By sending a mild current in short “tapping” bursts, the body responds with regeneration. This therapy has been around for decades in other countries, but the FDA did not approve it for use in humans until 2007.
This therapy has been proven to work in a variety of settings. For example, when applied through the skull, these electromagnetic waves stimulate the growth of new neural pathways which has helped people with severe depression. When applied at the site of a bone fracture, the pulses stimulate the growth of new bone cells to heal the break.
What about the knee?
At the knee, PEMF treatment gives relief from pain and a quicker recovery from injuries by targeting inflammation. By boosting the body’s healing response to the chronic inflammation of OA, users of PEMF devices have less pain and swelling.
PEMF technology is delivered through wearable devices similar to braces. Pains and Strains now offers PEMF treatment with the OSKA pulse. This device can be worn anywhere you have pain, including the knee. You place the electromagnetic component at your source of pain and attach it using the included wrap. From there, you can typically do your regular activities while receiving effective treatment!
A recent study shows that PEMF is very effective at relieving pain and improving the quality of life.  In this experiment, subjects wore a PEMF device for 12 hours a day for 4 weeks. At the end of the treatment, PEMF users reported a significant drop in pain and a higher level of functioning whereas the placebo group did not.
PEMF users also reported less use of analgesics. This can be a game changer for people with sensitive stomachs and others who cannot take NSAIDs.
Having PEMF treatment in the comfort of your own home is an amazing new advancement in the healing of joint pain. When used for OA of the knee, PEMF can get you back on your feet without side effects. You can now take control of your recovery with a proven method and finally find relief.