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Do magnets help relieve knee pain? Yes they do. Magnets are an effective treatment option for knee arthritis. How do we know? Well, for one there are plenty of studies proving magnetic therapy helps relieve knee pain. Second, the magnetic therapy knee braces we sell rarely get returned. It’s doubtful the people who buy these knee braces would keep them if their knees didn’t feel better. If the magnetic therapy knee braces don’t relieve your knee pain we will take them back and issue a refund.
Here’s a study from Harvard :
Double-blind placebo-controlled trial of static magnets for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: results of a pilot study.
Wolsko PM, Eisenberg DM, Simon LS, Davis RB, Walleczek J, Mayo-Smith M, Kaptchuk TJ, Phillips RS. Division for Research and Education, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
CONTEXT: Outpatient clinical studies of magnet therapy, a complementary therapy commonly used to treat osteoarthritis (OA), have been limited by the absence of a credible placebo control.
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to assess the feasibility and promise of studying static magnetic therapy for knee OA and determine the ability of a new placebo-magnet device to provide concealment of group assignment.
DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
SETTING: Academic teaching hospital in Boston. PARTICIPANTS: We enrolled 29 subjects with idiopathic or post-traumatic OA of the knee.
INTERVENTIONS: Subjects received either high-strength magnetic (active) or placebo-magnetic (placebo) knee sleeve treatment for 4 hours in a monitored setting and self-treatment 6 hours daily for 6 weeks.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE Primary outcomes were change in knee pain as measured by the WOMAC Osteoarthritis Index Pain Subscale at 6 weeks and extent of group concealment at study end.
RESULTS: At 4 hours, VAS pain scores (+/- SE) on a 5-item scale (0-500, 500 worst) decreased 79 +/- 18 mm in the active group and 10 +/- 21 mm in the placebo group (P < 0.05). There were no significant differences in any primary or secondary measure of efficacy between the treatment groups at 6 weeks. Despite widespread testing for magnetic properties, at study end, 69% of the active group and 77% of the placebo group (P > 0.2) believed that they had been assigned to the active treatment group.
CONCLUSION: Despite our small sample size, magnets showed statistically significant efficacy compared to placebo after 4 hours under rigorously controlled conditions. The sustained efficacy of magnetic therapy for knee osteoarthritis could be assessed in an adequately powered trial utilizing an appropriate control such our new placebo-magnet device.
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2004 Mar-Apr;10(2):36-43. PMID: 15055092
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Magnet therapy has been used for hundreds of years to relieve the pain associated with knee arthritis. Some people do not believe that magnets can help. I believe they do. Why? Well one reason is that the people who order magnetic knee braces from our website do not return them. That is a huge indicator that people are happy with the product. We have been selling magnetic knee braces for over five years, and have sold thousands of dollars worth of these knee braces. They are rarely returned.
The knee braces last for a couple of years depending on usage. Another indicator magnetic knee braces work to relieve pain is that people come back and buy new braces when their old ones wear out or don’t fit anymore. Why don’t the braces fit? One common reason is that patients lose weight and need a smaller size. They lose weight because the knee brace allows them to be more active. Pretty cool, right? Why do the braces wear out? Well, they get worn. Two years for any type of neoprene knee sleeve to wear out is pretty good.
Magnetic knee braces have plenty of published studies tat prove effectiveness. If the dollars and cents of the product makes more sense to you then keep in mind the people who buy these knee braces from our website do not return them, and they come back to buy more.
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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.
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.