When pulsed electromagnetic fields are being applied to the body, a chemical reaction occurs within the cells.
It is believed to improve the body’s ability to utilize oxygen and therefore promotes cellular healing and production. There is an electrical field around each joint that plays an important part in the continual regeneration of cartilage and connective tissue. If osteoarthritis or inflammatory joint disorders are present, there is a disturbance in this electrical field. Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) allows reconstruction of the disturbed electrical field, which returns the natural regeneration capabilities and reactivates the cartilage and connective tissue to increase production of proteoglycans and collagen (the building blocks of cartilage) to aid in repairing the cartilage defects. PEMF does this by pulsing an electromagnetic field to the treatment area.
The main therapeutic purpose is for the enhancement of bone or tissue healing and pain control. One of the most common uses is for the treatment of osteoarthritis but it can also assist in treatment of wounds or fracture repair.