A variety of electrical stimulation techniques have been used to heal soft tissue injuries, bones and wounds. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy one interesting modality that has been tried for orthopedic healing, depression, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and other medical conditions. Several electrical stimulation devices have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to be used for pulsed electromagnetic therapy. The first device was approved in 1979 to stimulate bone healing. In 2004 another electromagnetic system was approved as an adjunct treatment for improving cervical fusion. How Does It Work? It is thought that electromagnetic pulses can permeate cells, which enhances intracellular molecular exchange and increases the use of oxygen within cells. Such processes may normalize cellular metabolism, which speeds healing and reduces pain. Normal cell electrical charge is about 90 millivolts, while inflammatory cells register near 120 millivolts and degenerating cells may exhibit charges around 30 millivolts.
Laser Therapy Laser therapy, also known as low level laser therapy, refers to the use of lowintensity laser light to reduce pain and inflammation. Laser therapy is a relatively new therapeutic option for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, sports injuries and a variety of musculoskeletal conditions that can cause inflammatory pain. The United States Food and Drug Administration, has approved the use of certain cold lasers for specific diseases and conditions.
LOW BACK PAIN LBP which affects nearly every one of us at some stage of our life, is described in many ways such as slipped disc, back sprain, arthritis or spondylosis, rheumatism; or when it causes pain extending into the leg, sciatica. Chronic LBP is pain that persists for longer than ??? 6 weeks and recurrent LBP is episodic pain that became pain free for a period of time but the similar symptoms return again and cause low back disorder to the sufferer. In the area of the low back the spine consists of five bones or the vertebrae. Each vertebra has a special cartilage called the discs as well as many holes and openings called the spinal canal. The discs separate the vertebrae and located just in front of the spinal cord. The spinal canals serve as a protected passageway for the spinal cord and the bundle of nerves which extends from head to pelvis. The vertebrae and discs are linked by a series of joints to form the lumbar spine. Each joint is held together by soft tissues such as capsule, ligaments and muscles. The lumbar spine bears the compressive weight of the body above it and provides a flexible connection between the upper and lower half of the body.
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