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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1997 Nov;78(11):1200-3.

Response of pain to static magnetic fields in postpolio patients: a double-blind pilot study.

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  • 1Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if the chronic pain frequently presented by postpolio patients can be relieved by application of magnetic fields applied directly over an identified pain trigger point.

DESIGN:

Double-blind randomized clinical trial.

SETTING:

The postpolio clinic of a large rehabilitation hospital.

PATIENTS:

Fifty patients with diagnosed postpolio syndrome who reported muscular or arthritic-like pain.

INTERVENTION:

Application of active or placebo 300 to 500 Gauss magnetic devices to the affected area for 45 minutes.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Score on the McGill Pain Questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Patients who received the active device experienced an average pain score decrease of 4.4 +/- 3.1 (p < .0001) on a 10-point scale. Those with the placebo devices experienced a decrease of 1.1 +/- 1.6 points (p < .005). The proportion of patients in the active-device group who reported a pain score decrease greater than the average placebo effect was 76%, compared with 19% in the placebo-device group (p < .0001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The application of a device delivering static magnetic fields of 300 to 500 Gauss over a pain trigger point results in significant and prompt relief of pain in postpolio subjects.

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