Since November of 2021, I have joined the crusade architected by Dr. Robert Bard back in the early 1980's when he test drove the first 3D Doppler Ultrasound, at a time when "most of the medical community thought it was a waste of time!". The recognized "cancer detective" and seasoned medical publisher helped found the Integrative Pain Healers Alliance (IPHA) where an educational project (MedTech Reviews) was a clinical research initiative to support unbiased testing to confirm or challenge claims of medical device developers for their utility, performance and efficacy.
The non-invasive therapeutic device movement is highly based on what we consider INVISIBLE THERAPEUTICS. From neurostimulation to electromagnetism to ultrasound therapeutics, these concepts have become the basis to some of the most remarkable innovations going as far back as the late 1800's. A significant scientific landmark (among others) is the discovery of electrical transduction therapy founded by NIKOLA TESLA in 1893 for his pioneer work in advanced electromagnetic field frequency. This forged the backbone of what is now known as the Pulsed Elecromagnetic Field Thereapy (PEMF) and the Transcranial Magnetic stimulation (TMS) to the philosophy of implementing electgromagnetic fields to stimulate cells. It is this same paradigm in patient care technology that enforces the very backbone of holistic and non-surgical ("no more scalpel") movement. (see expanded article)
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|From Treatment Notes: PEMF Response
January 11, 2022
Overview of CASE 1: 32 yo male with history or right knee pain. 4 weeks ago, he slipped on ice and had partial tear to his right MCL. Initial Treatment consisted of ice, bracing, and OTC medications. He struggled with walking and standing with pain levels at a 7/10 + additional difficulties with getting into his truck and squatting.
"BEN" works as a professional plumber where his average work day was comprised of a lot of kneeling, squatting, twisting and contorting his body in order to reach pipes and install heavy objects upwards of fifty pounds. Being able to depend on his legs (knees) to perform his duties as a plumber is essential.
Four weeks prior to meeting him, Ben slipped on a piece of ice and twisted his knee resulting in significant pain and a major loss of function. (Image 1 is an indirect representation of his imaging). According to his physician's report, it was determined that he had a grade 2 MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) sprain in his right knee. [The MCL is located on the inside (medial) part of the knee and its main function to a restraint to valgus stresses on the knee especially with slight flexion- running from the medial femur to tibia.] Ben stated that he heard a slight pop when slipped, then felt immediate pain on the inside of his knee. He also noted moderate swelling in the knee and after the injury, his knee felt like it was going to “give out on him” in standing.
It must be noted that there are various degrees of MCL sprains/tear; Grade 1 is identified as mild pain, minimum swelling and good stability. Grade 2 is identified as moderate pain, moderate instability, feeling ‘’loose’’ and swelling. A Grade 3 is the most serious and is when the ligament is completely torn and very unstable. Ben was diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain. (Image 2) He has been wearing a brace with all activities and is expected a normal healing duration of 4-6 weeks. After week 4, he continued wearing the brace with all activities - and upon observation, his posture clearly showed favoring the right knee while standing, walking and squatting. Pain levels were reported at 7/10 with all weight bearing activities. He consistently showed soreness and pain at 4/10 at rest. Due to the instability from this injury, Ben would have difficulty climbing a ladder, getting into his truck, and walking on uneven surfaces.
"A NEW TREATMENT IDEA..."
After the first treatment, he reported 50% decrease pain with activities. He had no soreness at rest. He continued to wear the brace but showed full weight bearing in standing. The Second visit he reported a 75% improvement with pain levels. He was able to walk normally and climb ladders and squat. By the third treatment he was approximately 90% recovered and returning to normal activities with zero pain and only mild soreness in the medial portion of the knee. By using high-frequency PEMF, Ben expressed that he was able to see significant improvement in pain levels, stability and confidence in his right knee that he couldn’t demonstrate with traditional treatments.
**Prior to using PEMF or other treatment options, consulting with a health care professional is recommended