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Archive for November 29th, 2011

 

Magnetic Therapy

 

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.