PEMF Studies

PEMF Therapy for Arthritis

  • Arthritis is not just a single disease; it's a complex disorder that encompasses more than 100 different types, each with its own range of symptoms and effects. This condition, primarily characterized by inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints, significantly disrupts the lives of millions of people around the globe. Among the myriad of conditions, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most prevalent, each leading to chronic discomfort and impaired mobility that can severely affect an individual's daily life and well-being.

  • In the continuous search for effective management strategies, PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy for Arthritis has emerged as an innovative and non-invasive treatment option. By harnessing the power of electromagnetic fields to stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms, PEMF therapy offers a beacon of hope for those seeking to alleviate the distressing symptoms of arthritis.


  • Arthritis stems from various causes, depending on the type. Osteoarthritis, for example, results from the breakdown of cartilage due to wear and tear, leading to pain and stiffness in the affected joints. On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, causing inflammation and joint damage. Other forms can be linked to infections or underlying diseases. The complexity of arthritis, with its multiple origins, underscores the need for versatile and effective treatment options that can address the specific needs of each individual affected by this debilitating condition.

How PEMF Therapy Can Help

  • PEMF Therapy represents a significant advancement in the management of arthritis. This therapy involves the application of electromagnetic fields to the body, inducing tiny electrical charges that stimulate cellular repair and promote better circulation. The potential benefits for arthritis sufferers are manifold. Firstly, PEMF therapy may help to reduce inflammation, a primary symptom of arthritis that contributes to joint pain and stiffness.

  • Secondly, by enhancing circulation, PEMF therapy can support the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to joint tissues, fostering a healthier environment for healing and function. Additionally, this therapy can aid in the relief of chronic pain, offering those with arthritis a chance for improved mobility and a better quality of life. While research into the full scope of PEMF therapy's efficacy for arthritis continues, initial studies and anecdotal evidence suggest a promising role for this technology in holistic arthritis treatment plans.

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  • Effects of pulsed electromagnetic field on knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review.
    Ryang We S, Koog YH, Jeong KI, Wi H.
    Rheumatology (Oxford). 2012 Apr 13. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 22504115 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

  • Non-invasive electromagnetic field therapy produces rapid and substantial pain reduction in early knee osteoarthritis: a randomized double-blind pilot study.
    Nelson FR, Zvirbulis R, Pilla AA.
    Rheumatol Int. 2012 Mar 27. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 22451021 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

  • Therapeutic effects of whole-body devices applying pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF): A systematic literature review.
    Hug K, Röösli M.
    Bioelectromagnetics. 2011 Sep 21. doi: 10.1002/bem.20703. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 21938735 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

  • Chondroprotective effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on human cartilage explants.
    Ongaro A, Pellati A, Masieri FF, Caruso A, Setti S, Cadossi R, Biscione R, Massari L, Fini M, De Mattei M.
    Bioelectromagnetics. 2011 Oct;32(7):543-51. doi: 10.1002/bem.20663. Epub 2011 Mar 15.
    PMID: 21412809 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on cartilage apoptosis signalling pathways in ovariectomised rats.
    Li S, Luo Q, Huang L, Hu Y, Xia Q, He C.
    Int Orthop. 2011 Dec;35(12):1875-82. Epub 2011 Mar 15.
    PMID: 21404022 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Additional effect of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy on knee osteoarthritis treatment: a randomized, placebo-controlled study.
    Ozgüçlü E, Cetin A, Cetin M, Calp E.
    Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Aug;29(8):927-31. Epub 2010 May 16.
    PMID: 20473540 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Low frequency pulsed electromagnetic field–a viable alternative therapy for arthritis.
    Ganesan K, Gengadharan AC, Balachandran C, Manohar BM, Puvanakrishnan R.
    Indian J Exp Biol. 2009 Dec;47(12):939-48. Review.
    PMID: 20329696 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • The effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
    Ay S, Evcik D.
    Rheumatol Int. 2009 Apr;29(6):663-6. Epub 2008 Nov 18.
    PMID: 19015858 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • A programmable ramp waveform generator for PEMF exposure studies on chondrocytes.
    Jahns M, Durdle N, Lou E, Raso VJ.
    Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2006;1:3230-3.
    PMID: 17946168 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • The effect of pulsed electromagnetic fields on chondrocyte morphology.
    Jahns ME, Lou E, Durdle NG, Bagnall K, Raso VJ, Cinats D, Barley RD, Cinats J, Jomha NM.
    Med Biol Eng Comput. 2007 Oct;45(10):917-25. Epub 2007 Aug 14.
    PMID: 17701237 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • [Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF)–results in evidence based medicine].
    Pieber K, Schuhfried O, Fialka-Moser V.
    Wien Med Wochenschr. 2007 Jan;157(1-2):34-6. Review. German.
    PMID: 17471830 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Effect of pulsed electromagnetic field stimulation on knee cartilage, subchondral and epyphiseal trabecular bone of aged Dunkin Hartley guinea pigs.
    Fini M, Torricelli P, Giavaresi G, Aldini NN, Cavani F, Setti S, Nicolini A, Carpi A, Giardino R.
    Biomed Pharmacother. 2008 Dec;62(10):709-15. Epub 2007 Apr 3.
    PMID: 17459652 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Pulsed electromagnetic energy treatment offers no clinical benefit in reducing the pain of kneeosteoarthritis: a systematic review.
    McCarthy CJ, Callaghan MJ, Oldham JA.
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2006 Jun 15;7:51. Review.
    PMID: 16776826 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Pulsed electromagnetic fields reduce knee osteoarthritic lesion progression in the aged Dunkin Hartley guinea pig.
    Fini M, Giavaresi G, Torricelli P, Cavani F, Setti S, Canè V, Giardino R.
    J Orthop Res. 2005 Jul;23(4):899-908. Epub 2005 Mar 17.
    PMID: 16023006 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • The effect of pulsed electromagnetic fields in the treatment of cervical osteoarthritis: a randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial.
    Sutbeyaz ST, Sezer N, Koseoglu BF.
    Rheumatol Int. 2006 Feb;26(4):320-4. Epub 2005 Jun 29.
    PMID: 15986086 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Treatment of knee osteoarthritis with pulsed electromagnetic fields: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
    Thamsborg G, Florescu A, Oturai P, Fallentin E, Tritsaris K, Dissing S.
    Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2005 Jul;13(7):575-81.
    PMID: 15979009 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Modification of osteoarthritis by pulsed electromagnetic field–a morphological study.
    Ciombor DM, Aaron RK, Wang S, Simon B.
    Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2003 Jun;11(6):455-62.
    PMID: 12801485 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Magnetic pulse treatment for knee osteoarthritis: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
    Pipitone N, Scott DL.
    Curr Med Res Opin. 2001;17(3):190-6.
    PMID: 11900312 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Electromagnetic fields for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
    Hulme J, Robinson V, DeBie R, Wells G, Judd M, Tugwell P.
    Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(1):CD003523. Review.
    PMID: 11869668 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • The use of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee preliminary report.
    Danao-Camara T, Tabrah FL.
    Hawaii Med J. 2001 Nov;60(11):288, 300. No abstract available.
    PMID: 11797493 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]