Comparison of Conventional Physiotherapy with Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy in Breast Cancer Patients with Lymph-Edema
Background: Lymphedema in addition to arm pain and movement restriction following breast cancer surgery is common challenge to physiotherapy. PEMF therapy is proving good adjunct for enhancing fracture healing, reducing inflammation and symptom relief. The same is exempt for benefit in stated problems of post-breast cancer surgery patients.
Methods: 60 patients each were sequentially enrolled following informed consent, administering either conventional physiotherapy or combined PEMF therapy with conventional physiotherapy for 3 weeks. The parameters examined were pain score, range of movement and arm circumference for edema.
Results: Physiotherapy benefited pain and range of movement but not lymphedema. PEMF combined therapy significantly reduced lymphedema in addition to other benefits.
Conclusions: PEMF therapy with reported bioenergetic effects appears to effect reduction of lymphedema as well as pain relief and betterment of joint movements. The study emphasizes need for establishing PEMF as adjunct root in therapy for the kind of patients. This would need larger and wider evaluation.
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