Magnetic therapy effects on treating ankylosing spondylitis (Bechterew disease)

Prof. MUDr. Karel Trnavský, DrSc., Artrocentrum, Prague

Ankylosing Spondylitis is the most widely known chronic inflammatory spondylitis. In its treatment antipharmacological methods dominate, above all, special treatment using gymnastics, some physiotherapy methods and repeated balneotherapy. We carried out the study to compare the efficacy of the standard rehabilitation programme based on regular group gymnastics (the first group) and the programme to which magnetic therapy was added (the second group). We applied both of these methods in 40 patients divided into two 20 patient groups over three months. The standard treatment (the first group) consisted of group gymnastics common in treating Ankylosing Spondylitis two times a week. This means 24 sessions were carried out over three months. Intensive therapy (the second group) consisted of the application of soft techniques and magnetic therapy once a week, which means 12 magnetic therapy applications over three months. The results were evaluated according to the usual metrological techniques and with the help of the BASDAI and BASFI questionnaires. It was proved that the intensive treatment method that included the soft techniques and the application of a pulsed magnetic field was more effective than the standard methods. The analgesic effect of magnetic therapy was also a very positive contribution to the whole treatment procedure.

Conclusion: Combining magnetic therapy and intensive treatment methods can be fully recommended for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (Bechterew disease Bechterew and magnetic therapy).

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