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Magnets Reduce Pain and Increase Function

December 4, 2011

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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