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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2017, Volume : 10, Issue : 2
First page : ( 641) Last page : ( 644)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2017.00122.6

Electromagnetic fields for the treatment of osteoarthritis: A review of potential clinical applications

Yadollahpour Ali1,3, Rashidi Samaneh2,3,*

1Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

2Student Research Committee, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

3Bioelectromagnetic Clinic, Imam Hospital, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

*Corresponding Author E-mail: samanehrashidi92@gmail.com

Online published on 29 April, 2017.

Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common disorder of the musculoskeletal system and a major burden on healthcare systems worldwide. Different modalities have been developed for the treatment and management of OA. In recent years, electromagnetic fields (EMFs) have shown positive therapeutic effects in this disorder. Several studies have investigated the effectiveness of different EMFs for the treatment of OA with controversial but promising outcomes. This study aims to comprehensively review the recent advances in applications of EMFs for the treatment of OA as alternative or adjunctive treatment. In addition, the mechanisms of action of EMFs in exerting therapeutic outcomes as well as clinical perspectives are discussed.

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Keywords

Osteoarthritis, Electromagnetic Fields, Treatment, Clinical Applications, Mechanism of Action.

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