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Repetitive Peripheral Magnetic Stimulation as Pain Management Solution in Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders – A Pilot Study

Kazalakova K.

Nemocnice Pirogov, Sofia, Bulharsko

Zlepšení popsalo 87 % pacientů


Cílem této studie bylo prozkoumat efekt úlevy od bolesti a zlepšení obtíží při provádění aktivit denního života dosažených pomocí rPMS (Repetitive peripheral magnetic stimulation - Opakovaná periferní magnetická stimulace) u pacientů s akutními a chronickými stavy asociovanými s muskuloskeletálními a neurologickými bolestivými poruchami.


Non-invasive therapeutic approaches without negative side-effects are desirable in pain condition treatment where the mobility limiting factor is also there. Repetitive peripheral magnetic stimulation (rPMS) is considered a promising curative method from different perspectives. Because of wide range of therapeutic effects, therapy is mainly indicated in musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.


40 patients (n = 23 women, n = 17 men) with acute and chronic painful condition and difficulty to perform ADL accompanying musculoskeletal or neurological disorders were comprised in the study. All patients were treated with rPMS. The therapy parameters were adjusted to patient's condition. Patients with acute pain underwent daily treatments (n = 5). Patients with chronic pain underwent treatments three times per week (n = 10). The pain presence was evaluated by a 10-point Visual Analog Scale (VAS) for Pain Presence. Difficulties to perform ADL were evaluated by Patient Functional Assessment Questionnaire (PFAQ) for ADL. A three-month follow-up was completed. All collected data were further evaluated.


There was a statistically significant difference in the before/after condition comparison. Majority of participants described pain decrease (87.33 %) on VAS for Pain and improvement (41.33 %) in ability to perform ADL after the course of treatment. A three-month follow up showed persisting improvement [to 42.04 % (vs. before treatment condition)] in ADL performing abilities.


Similar results proved that rPMS therapy can be used as an effective and non-invasive treatment of painful condition with ADL limiting factor accompanying musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. Persisting pain relief effect and ameliorating patient quality of life were observed.

Publikováno v

International Journal of Physiotherapy, 2016, Vol. 3(6), p. 671–675

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