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[The effect of low-frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields on balance ability of patients with post-menopausal osteoporosis].

[Article in Chinese]

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1
Center of Rehabilitation Medicine, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China.
2
Rehabilitation Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Chengdu 610041, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the effect of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs)on balance ability of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.

METHODS:

43 eligible patients were randomly divided into experimental (n = 24) and control (n = 19) groups. Patients in both groups received conventional drug therapy. Meanwhile, patients in the experimental group were given PEMFs once a day for 30 days.

RESULTS:

The Berg Balance Scale (BBS) scores increased and the timed upand to test (TUG) scores, sway index (forward-backward), rectangle area and sway path decreased in the patients in the experimental group (P < 0.05). In the patients in the control group, only changes in BBS scores and sway path were statistically significant (P < 0.05). The decrease of sway index (forward-backward) in the experimental group was greater than that of the control group (P < 0 01).

CONCLUSION:

PEMFs can improve the balance ability of patients with post-menopausal osteoporosis.

PMID:
24527596
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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