PST ישראל אותות לבריאות PST -Pulsed Signal Therapy | אינדיקציות

 

New Medical Applications and Additional Indications

 "Many physicians and others have inquired about the use of PST for medical disorders other than osteoarthritis, TMJ syndrome and Tinnitus.  We do have considerable anecdotal information on a number of potential applications and in some instances have also conducted pilot studies to verify these reports.

Attached is a summary of those submitted for a chapter on PST that will appear in Volume 2 of the Sixth Edition of Pain Management: A Practical Guide for Clinicians to be published by CRC Press in 2001.  New and updated information has been received since this was initially prepared and we are in the process of integrating this into our database. 

 

1.         ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT SURGICAL REPAIR AND REHABILITATION

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is a main connecting structure below the knee cap that is often torn away from the bone following injury.  The standard treatment of choice is an arthroscopic surgical procedure that often requires 6 to 8 months for rehabilitation.  Our experience has been that patients receiving a course of PST immediately following surgery will experience a much more rapid return to normal daily activities and complete recovery within 3 months.

 

2.         OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis is present in most elderly individuals and is a particular problem in post menopausal females because it leads to frequent fractures.  Weight bearing exercises and increased calcium intake can help and while several medications are available, improvement is not dramatic and adverse side effects limit their use.  In controlled clinical studies of over 100 women between the ages 55 and 75 years with X-ray evidence of moderate to advanced osteoporosis, PST resulted in a statistically significant increase in mean bone density greater than 25 percentDEXA studies are planned in 2002.

 

3.         CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

Carpal tunnel syndrome due to repetitive wrist and hand motion is an increasingly common injury.  Surgery is usually required to relieve compression of the median nerve and full recovery can take one or two months. A course of PST is an extremely cost effective alternative to surgery since we have demonstrated a full return to all activities of daily living within 3 weeks. A clinical study at New York Medical College began in July 2001.  The interim results will be reported early 2002.

 

4.         TENDINITIS

Tendinitis can significantly limit work, sports activities and daily because of pain and reduced range of motion.  While some cases are self limited, chronic and/or severe tendinitis due to rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow etc. may require surgery or medications associated with undesirable side effects.  We have consistently shown that acute or chronic tendinitis responds dramatically within 3 weeks of completing a course of PST.

 

5.         FRESH BONE FRACTURES AND STRESS FRACTURES

While most bone fractures heal within a finite period of time, there are complicated fractures ("Fx") such as spiral Fx and several types of compound Fx that require a long course of casting (>12 weeks) and extensive rehabilitation.  One of the medical problems with long casting periods is a consideration.  Therefore, having a viable treatment to shorten the casting time (speed up the healing process) would be desirous.  We have treated a wide variety of fresh Fx and stress Fx and have demonstrably significant shorter casting periods, usually less than half (50%) allowing the patient to resume their activities of daily living and return to work.

 

6.         ASEPTIC NECROSIS

Aseptic necrosis, ("AN") or small areas of "dead bone" are serious problems and cannot be managed with medication.  Surgery is marginally effective, expensive and entails relatively long convalescent periods.  The bio-magnetic treatment has been successful in treating a small number of well documented AN cases.  Once treated with bio-magnetic therapy, the chief complaint of pain and other problems associated with AN have not returned.

We have been treating AN since 1990 with great success. The 1998 PST Partner meeting reported 17 cases on AN treatment with PST on which 15 were extremely successful.

 

7.         FIBROMYALGIA

Characterized by the constant presence of widespread pain so severe that it is often incapacitating.  Signs and symptoms are muscle pain, aching, stiffness, disturbed sleep, depression and fatigue.  In the US, 5 million people may be afflicted with its symptoms.  It is estimated that 15% to 20% of patients seen by rheumatologists have fibromyalgia.  The condition bears a striking similarity to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and mainly affects women aged 25 to 50 years.  Clinical studies indicate that treatment with bio-magnetic therapy relieves the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia in over 80% of severe cases.

 

8.         REFERRED SCIATIC NERVE PAIN

This condition is usually extremely tender and painful and quite often debilitating.  Pain runs from the lower back, through the center of the buttock and can extend to the back of the knee and further down the leg.  In addition, the referred pain which frequently originates in the groin area, can travel down the front of the thigh.  This problem can be relieved with a short course of bio-magnetic therapy which typically resolves the problem within 2 weeks.

 

9.         DELAYED POLIOMYLETITIS SYNDROME (SEQUELA)

While Infantile Paralysis (polio) and its clinical forms do vary, both the "minor illness" (abortive type) and the "major illness" (which may be paralytic or nonparalytic) are well controlled today with active immunization prophylaxis.  However, physicians and clinics are seeing increasing numbers of cases of what might be termed "Delayed Poliomyletitis Syndrome".  While the pathogenesis of this "delayed" form of polio is not completely understood, postulates of the mechanism underlying this disorder are visible.  Simply stated, if fewer neurons (after the initial poliovirus infection) are available to maintain function, these functioning neurons, being subject to increased work effort, simply wear out or become exhausted and their continued function declines.  Other postulates involving internal mechanisms of action of the enterovirus of the picornavirus group are more involved and these too are speculative.  A group of 5 patients with Delayed Poliomyletitis Syndrome sequela were treated with a course of 18 bio-magnetic therapy treatments.  One patient had not been able to bend her ankle or walk without a marked limp for 62 years.  Mrs M. (well documented case) was then able to enjoy an increase of range of motion (60% of normal) in her ankle, lost her limp, discarded her cane and began a more active social life which included dancing.  All 5 patients had significantly improved ambulation (ADLs) after treatment.

 

10.        METATARSALALGIA

This general term is used to describe pain over the ball of the foot, usually the result of injury to the interdigital nerves or as a result of trauma to the metatarsal-phalangeal articulations.  The interdigital nerves of the foot travel beneath and between the metatarsals extending distally over the ball of the foot to innervate the toes.  While this painful problem is often classified as:

  

11.        MORTON'S SYNDROME (MORTON'S NEUROMA)

There are many clinical similarities to Metatarsalalgia.  Overall, the diagnostic classification differences do not change the general treatment regimen and management plan.  Additionally:

 

12.        ATROPHY OF THE PLANTAR METATARSAL FAT PAD

This is another, generally speaking, disorder in the same anatomical region that might stem from multifactorial origin, etiology unclear.  We have treated over 50 patients with 15 to 18 bio-magnetic therapy treatments who suffered with generalized Metatarsalalgia (pain over the ball of the foot).  Over 80% of the patients have had marked improvement and were either completely pain free or said they "had a slight twinge once in a while".

 

13.        PLANTAR FASCITIS

The first signs are indurations of the skin and soft tissues, severe pain develops when the patients tries to walk.  There are various forms of fascitis, while we have not treated the more severe cases of eosinophilic or necrotizing fascitis, we have treated at least 40 cases of non-specific plantar fascitis with a complete course of bio-magnetic therapy.  The treatment results were dramatic and allowed a complete recovery and loss of symptoms within 3 weeks of completing the treatment schedule.

 

14.        ACUTE BURNS

While we have had a limited experience in the US with the treatment of acute burns, we did complete a study of 23 cases of acute burns in Europe with a course of bio-magnetic therapy .  The results were overwhelmingly positive in that reepithelialization occurred in less than 50% of the normal time period anticipated.

 

15.        IMMUNODEFICIENT DISORDERS

We treated 25 patients in Europe with primary nonspecific immunodeficiency disorders which is a term in which the phagocytic system is impaired in congenital neutropenia or pancytopenia because the number of phagocytic cells is reduced.  The studies were open label studies and utilized the patient's history and the population at large as a control.  The results, while anecdotal, were quite impressive.  The results of the increased "immunity" lasted for up to one year.

 

16.        EPILEPSY NON-RESPONSIVE TO MEDICATION

Three patients were treated in an uncontrolled study.  The patients underwent a complete evaluation by their neurologist before entering a bio-magnetic treatment plan and again immediately after completing the treatment plan.  Another evaluation was completed one and three months post treatment completion.  All three neurologists considered all three patients to have improved, based on subjective and objective parameters.  The results have encouraged us to begin a large pilot study with a more specific protocol and exacting goals.

           

17.        DIABETIC NEUROPATHY

Diabetic Neuropathy is a serious problem for patients who have had long standing diabetes mellitus and the medical profession offers little help.  We treated 17 patients (well documented) with a normal course of bio-magnetic therapy.  A total of 16 patients had marked improvement and a significant increase in the quality of life and regained many of their activities of daily living that were otherwise unmanageable. Currently, a clinical study is in progress at the New York Medical College in the US and interim data will be available in early 2002.

 

18.        MIGRAINE HEADACHES

A pilot study of 7 patients with a long history of migraine headaches was undertaken.  The patients were treated with bio-magnetic therapy daily for three weeks or 15 treatments.  Five patients were followed for over 9 months with a mean average of <1 incident per patient during the 9 month follow up.  The preliminary results of these clinical data have encouraged us to schedule further studies.

 

Additional  Indications

 

  1. 19.               Ankylosing Spondylitis

This is an absolute indication for PST.
The area to be treated is the specific site or source of the disorder, not the referred pain area.

20.       Bilateral Avascular Necrosis of the Femur Neck
AV is an indication with which we have had remarkable success. We have treated about 100 patients in the past 2 years. The success is obvious and objective with the standard radiological studies.

  1. 21.               Meniscus Tears
    Meniscus tears are part of connective tissue i.e. soft tissue, dens connective or hard connective tissue all responding to PST in the same excellent manner.

  2. 22.               Spondylolisthesis and Hernia disci

Lumbar Sacral disorders and other axial spine disorders are all treatable with PST. We published an article in the Journal of Rheumatology in Oct. 1994 on the results of a clinical double-blind study of L/S disorders.
The laxity of the supporting structures responds well to PST as this is an

arrested repair of injury and thus diminished structural integrity. At the end of the 9 sessions the patients are usually in no further acute distress and recover completely and are able to resume their normal activities of daily living within the 4-6 week follow up period

23.       Hematophiliac
There is no contra indication to treating arthritic conditions status post hematophiliac disorders.  BMTS does not have any specific case histories but we have treated these patients for their joint disorders.
It is important to understand that PST treats osteoarthritic disorders not withstanding the origin i.e. Degenerative Joint Disease, Traumatically induced OA or Systemic disorder.

24.       Dupuytren´s Contraction
Dupuytren´s Contraction, in the early stage has been successfully treated with PST. When the contracture requires a surgical release procedure, it is recommended that PST be offered immediately after the surgical procedure.