Volume 31, Issue 1 (1-2017)                   Med J Islam Repub Iran 2017 | Back to browse issues page




DOI: 10.18869/mjiri.31.31

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Arabloo J, Hamouzadeh P, Mobinizadeh M, Olyaeemanesh A, Nejati M, Doaee S et al . Health technology assessment of magnet therapy for relieving pain. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2017; 31 (1) :184-188
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-4548-en.html

National Institute for Health Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , arolyaee@gmail.com
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Background: Magnet therapy has been used increasingly as a new method to alleviate pain. Magnetic products are marketed with claims of effectiveness for reducing pain of various origins. However, there are inconsistent results from a limited number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) testing the analgesic efficacy of magnet therapy. This study aimed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of magnet therapy on reliving various types of pain.

  Methods: A systematic search of two main medical databases (Cochrane Library and Ovid Medline) was conducted from 1946 to May 2014. Only English systematic reviews that compared magnet therapy with other conventional treatments in patients with local pain in terms of pain relieving measures were included. The results of the included studies were thematically synthesized.

  Results:  Eight studies were included. Magnet therapy could be used to alleviate pain of various origins including pain in various organs, arthritis, myofascial muscle pain, lower limb muscle cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome and pelvic pain. Results showed that the effectiveness of magnetic therapy was only approved in muscle pains, but its effectiveness in other indications and its application as a complementary treatment have not been established.

  Conclusion:  According to the results, it seems that magnet therapy could not be an effective treatment for relieving different types of pain. Our results highlighted the need for further investigations to be done in order to support any recommendations about this technology.

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