Short-Term impacts of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in middle-aged university’s employees with non-specific low back pain: A pilot study

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy in Non-Specific Low Back Pain

  • Nermeen Mohamed Abdelhalim Department of Physical Therapy and Health Rehabilitation, College of Applied Medical sciences, Prince Sattam Bib Abdulaziz University
  • Ahmed Fathy Samhan Department of Physical Therapy and Health Rehabilitation, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University
  • Walid Kamal Abdelbasset Department of Physical Therapy and Health Rehabilitation, College of Applied Medical sciences, Prince Sattam Bib Abdulaziz University
Keywords: Non-specific Low Back Pain, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, Health-Related Quality of Life

Abstract

Objective: Non-specific low back pain (non-specific LBP) is common problem between office-work employees. This study aimed to evaluate the short-term impacts of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy in the treatment of non-specific LBP symptoms as pain, back mobility, LBP disabilities, and Health–Related Quality of Life (HRQOL).

Methods: Forty-two University’s employees with non-specific LBP and aged from 35 to 55 years who participated in this study from January to June 2018 were divided into two groups: group A; received PEMF therapy and group B; received sham treatment. The outcome measures were; numerical rating scale, Modified Oswestry LBP Disability Score, Modified Schober test, and the Short Form-36 questionnaire. Evaluations were performed for both groups before and after finishing treatment.

Results: All outcome measures were significantly improved statistically in the experimental group at the end of the intervention (p<0.05). On the other hand, there were non-significant differences in all outcome measures in the sham group (p>0.05).

Conclusions: PEMT therapy may decrease pain, LBP disability, increase lumbar spine mobility, and improve HRQOL in middle-aged university’s employees with nonspecific LBP.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.35.4.49

How to cite this:
Abdelhalim NM, Samhan AF, Abdelbasset WK. Short-Term impacts of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in middle-aged university’s employees with non-specific low back pain: A pilot study. Pak J Med Sci. 2019;35(4):987-991.  doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.35.4.49

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Published
2019-07-09
Section
Original Articles