Pulsed radio frequency energy (PRFE) use in human medical applications.
ABSTRACT A number of electromagnetic field-based technologies are available for therapeutic medical applications. These therapies can be broken down into different categories based on technical parameters employed and type of clinical application. Pulsed radio frequency energy (PRFE) therapy is a non invasive, electromagnetic field-based therapeutic that is based on delivery of pulsed, shortwave radio frequency energy in the 13-27.12 MHz carrier frequency range, and designed for local application to a target tissue without the intended generation of deep heat. It has been studied for use in a number of clinical applications, including as a palliative treatment for both postoperative and non postoperative pain and edema, as well as in wound healing applications. This review provides an introduction to the therapy, a summary of clinical efficacy studies using the therapy in specific applications, and an overview of treatment-related safety.
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ABSTRACT: SUMMARY Pulsed shortwave diathermy, an electromagnetic therapy, has been in clinical use for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain for many decades. Innovation, miniaturization and advances in technology have allowed for the development of a new generation of shortwave devices that deliver a localized, low fixed dose of shortwave therapy. Clinical research has shown that these novel shortwave devices can be used safely in order to reduce acute and chronic pain, as well as the need for pain medications. Their ease of use and safety profile make low-dose shortwave devices an attractive alternative, or adjunct therapy, to pharmacological-based pain therapies.Pain management. 01/2014; 4(1):37-43.
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ABSTRACT: This case describes a 51-year-old woman who reported experiencing severe, constant pain, diffusely located in the region of her right mandible neck (primarily involving the mandible, lower right molars, the neck, the upper back, and the shoulder) during the course of several years. Surgical interventions (root canal, spinal fusion) were performed to address potential sources of pain. Despite these interventions, the patient reported severe pain after both surgeries, which persisted beyond the acute postoperative period. Additional pharmacological interventions and physical therapy were also attempted; nonetheless, the patient reported that pain remained severe and constant for approximately 2 years. On the basis of the patient's poor response to conventional treatments, a novel approach of botulinum toxin (BTX) injections was initiated. When pulsed electromagnetic field therapy was added, the need for BTX injections decreased, with the patient reporting a noticeable decrease in pain intensity and an improvement in quality of life measures. Currently, the patient continues to use pulsed electromagnetic field therapy regularly for pain management, which has allowed her to reduce the use of other interventions and avoid continued use of narcotic medications. Considering the need for multifaceted pain management approaches in the treatment of chronic pain, this case is relevant for wound care practitioners attending to patients with chronic postincisional wound pain because the outcome highlights the utility of a nonpharmacological, complementary pain management intervention for closed, yet persistently painful, postoperative wounds.Advances in skin & wound care 05/2014; 27(5):205-9.
- Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 06/2014; 62(6):1185-6. · 4.22 Impact Factor