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Magnetic knee braces can reduce knee pain and improve bone healing for osteoarthritis.

Magnetic knee braces can reduce knee pain and improve bone healing for osteoarthritis.


In many situations, patients and doctors must choose between bracing and surgery or other more invasive treatments.  Magnetic therapy is unique in that it cannot be done surgically.  Knee implants are specifically designed to be magnetically neutral (with materials like cobalt) so that the knee can be examined with an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).  Knee replacements can remove the damaged bone, but cannot be magnetically charged to alleviate pain.  This means that post-operative pain is often treated pharmaceutically, instead of practically.

An interesting method to treat knee pain from osteoarthritis may be with a magnetic knee brace.  Magnetic knee braces can apply a negative charge to the knee, encouraging bone growth and alleviating pain, while simultaneously structurally supporting the knee.  Use of magnetic knee braces is validated by research from Harvard Medical School, where they found significant improvement within just 4 hours of wear.

So before you undergo a knee replacement surgery, and if you regularly take pain medication for your knees, consider your options.  Magnetic knee bracing might be the perfect solution for your problems, and it certainly can’t hurt.


What harm can come from wearing a magnetic knee brace?  Not much.  If you are wear a pacemaker, or if you are pregnant you should avoid magnetic fields.  Other than that, the problems associated with magnetic knee braces are few and far between.

Care needs to be taken where you store your magnetic knee brace.  Don’t put it in a bag with your laptop or cell phone or credit cards.  Any technology that can be adversely affected by magnets should not be in close proximity to your knee brace.

Some people develop rashes from knee braces but the skin problems are usually related to cleanliness, not an adverse reaction to the material the brace is constructed from.  A knee brace needs to be treated like a pair of socks.  How many times do you wear a pair of socks before you wash them?  A knee brace accumulates sweat, dirt, and dead skin.  They need to be cleaned regularly – like a pair of socks.





How will magnetic therapy help reduce the knee pain associated with osteoarthritis?

Nerves generate electrical signals – this is well known.  Sodium and potassium constitute positive ions while chloride and calcium make up negative ions.  The nerves help keep a healthy balance of negative and positive ions so that there is a slightly negative charge.  When this balance of ions shift and the nerve becomes more positive than negative pain signals are sent to the brain.  A strong negative magnetic charge can reduce these pain signals.  The magnet must be strong and it must be placed with the negative side down.



Studies show that the human body functions through chemical reactions and electro-magnetic interactions. Electro-chimical ions comprise the majority of the chemicals within our bodies.  These ions have negative or positive charges, and react to electro-magnetic fields.

Biological processes can be effected by the contact, equilibrium, and movement of ions.   The channels the ions move within can affect bodily functions, like sleep and circulation.  Pharmaceuticals, electric stimulation, and magnetic therapy can all affect ions and ion channels.


Magnet therapy is an old idea.  Ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Chinese cultures have all written about using magnets to treat health conditions from arthritis, to gout, to headaches.  NASA recognized how important magnetic fields are for life on our planet back in the 1960’s. From then until now artificial magnetic fields are used in space for the health of the astronauts.  Magnets assist in preserving bone mineral density, improving circulation, and improving the quality sleeping.  The artificial magnetic fields  reduced the effects of being away from the planet’s magnetic field.

Magnetic therapy has been an accepted treatment option for centuries.  The National Health Services of Britain recently began permitting physicians to start writing scripts for magnets.

A statement was released  by The World Health Organization that there aren’t any health risks when static magnetic fields are used in magnetic therapy.    Magnetic therapy when used properly has never been reported to cause health problems.

Some people who use magnetic therapy to treat knee pain experience a warming sensation.  Their skin may sweat or tingle when they first begin using a magnetic knee brace. This is a normal reaction and is due to increased circulation.  Do not use magnets if you have a pacemaker or if you are pregnant.


Knee braces provide protection and stability.  Magnetic therapy helps relieve knee pain.  A magnetic knee brace is a treatment option worth considering if you suffer from knee arthritis.  This knee brace is not a cure but a tool to help patients get up and moving.  If patients can exercise a bit more hopefully they can lose weight to reduce the load on their knee joints.  A little exercise and some light stretching can go a long way at relieving knee pain.  Adding magnetic treatment can help.  No drugs, no surgery… it’s worth a try.

Pain Relief

Pain Relief From Magnets


Can magnets provide pain relief for joint pain like osteoarthritis of the knee?  Magnet therapy can work as long as the following requirements are met:

1.  The negative side of the magnet must face the body.

2.  The magnets must penetrate deep enough to reach what hurts.

3.  The strength of the magnetic field must be maintained long enough to affect the target area.

4. Use multiple magnets to fully cover the entire treatment area.

5.  Must be comfortable enough to wear consistently so the magnets are given enough time to work.

Magnetic therapy appears to reduce pain and increase function in painful knee joints.  The results of a study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine indicated a significant improvement in self-rated pain and physical function in patients wearing static magnets when compared to those who did not wear magnets.

This double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial examined 43 patients with chronic joint pain in one or both of their knees.  Subjects wore either pads with magnets or pads with a placebo.  Though more studies on the subject of magnetic energy are needed in regards to pain treatment, this is a step in the right direction for conservative treatments of knee pain.

Hinman MR, Ford J, Heyl H., Effects of Static Magnets on Chronic Knee Pain and Physical Function: a Double-Blind Study.: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.  2002 Jul-Aug; 8(4):50-5. 


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Do these knee braces work?  The answer is yes.

A 2004 pilot study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine concluded that “magnetic therapy for knee osteoarthritis could be assessed,” and that “magnets showed statistically significant efficacy compared to placebo under rigorously controlled conditions.”

These researchers from a Boston medical center designed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study  that divided 29 participants with knee osteoarthritis in two groups.  One group received a high-strength magnet knee sleeve to treat knee pain while the other group received a knee sleeve with placebo-magnets.  It turns out that after 4 hours of wearing the knee braces the magnets showed a statistically significant efficacy compared to the placebo knee sleeves.

Wolsko PM, Eisenberg DM, et al. Double-blind placebo-controlled trial of static magnets for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: results of a pilot study.  Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2004 Mar-Apr; 10(20: 36-43.