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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2022.20.8.NQ44088

Effect of Electromagnetic Field Therapy on Neck Pain and Proprioception in Cervical Radiculopathy Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Lama Saad El-Din Mahmoud, Kerolos Awad Habib , Mohamed Ragab Nagy , Mohammad Sadik Badawy

Abstract

Objectives: The impact of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) treatment on neck proprioception and cervical radiculopathy was investigated in this study. Methods: Thirty-four patients were evaluated pre- and post-treatment. The outcome measures included: cervical proprioception assessment by cervical joint position sense error (JPSE) test by an overhead laser pointer, cervical range of motion (CROM) goniometer device measurements, neck disability index (NDI), and visual analogue scale for pain (VAS-P). The intervention for the study group included electromagnetic fields (EMFs) therapy and a selected physical therapy program, while the control group was given a selected physical therapy program and EMFs therapy (sham magnetic field) without current flow, both groups had three sessions a week for a total of four weeks. Results: the comparison between the two groups after treatment approved that there was a significant improvement which revealed a significant decline in the neck JPSE, NDI, and VAS-P with an increase in CROM scores in the study group more than in the control group (p < 0.05). Conclusion: EMFs therapy is an efficient physical therapy modality for improving neck proprioception and decreasing cervical pain in cervical radiculopathy patients.

Keywords

Electromagnetic field therapy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Proprioception, Joint position error, Neck pain.

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