Study Will Evaluate Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Technology for Knee OA

    Researchers from Brown University School of Medicine, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Rubin Institute or Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital are participating in a clinical study with to assess the effectiveness and safety of pulsed electromagnetic field technology (PEMF) for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.

    The research will evaluate the potential use of a PEMF device to reduce joint inflammation of the knee, reduce the breakdown of the cartilage, stimulate the formation of new cartilage and reduce the need for surgery. The device sends a low-level pulse of electromagnetic energy to the targeted area, and researchers are looking to see if this may activate and augment the body’s natural healing process.

    “Millions of people live with the pain of osteoarthritis, which may force them to limit their activities. We are interested to see if a PEMF device, worn externally over the knee, may potentially modify the disease and ease symptoms, offering people a non-invasive treatment option,” said Ronald Delanois, MD, primary investigator and division director of the Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement at Sinai Hospital.

    Study participants must be at least 40 years old and have been diagnosed with OA of the knee with mild to moderate pain. Participants will wear the device around the knee for a total of 3 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 1 year. The device does not have to be worn continuously. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled at 3, 6, and 12 months.

    The researchers are looking to enroll 150 participants to test the PEFM device. As part of the randomization, 2 of every 3 participants will receive active therapy, with the third receiving a placebo treatment.