Benefits and Use Cases of Electromagnetic Transduction Therapy (EMTT) - NYDNRehab.com

Benefits and Use Cases of Electromagnetic Transduction Therapy (EMTT)

Benefits and Use Cases of Electromagnetic Transduction Therapy (EMTT)

Electromagnetic transduction therapy (EMTT) is a new technology for treating musculoskeletal pain and tissue degeneration. It offers a promising non-invasive alternative to traditional treatment methods that rely on drugs, invasive procedures and surgery.

Learn more about how EMTT therapy works to eliminate pain and accelerate healing in a variety of use cases.

What is EMTT and How Does EMTT Work?

Extracorporeal Magnetic Transduction Therapy is an advanced form of regenerative healing technology that uses pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) to emit short duration high-speed impulses to evoke an electrophysical reaction in damaged cells.

The pulsed energy triggers the body’s innate healing mechanisms, jump-starting the healing process in degenerative joints and connective tissues, and dramatically reducing pain. EMTT is often used in conjunction with extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) to optimize treatment outcomes.

What is EMTT and How Does EMTT Work?

EMTT therapy is effective in treating a broad spectrum of pain syndromes, including:

  • Acute inflammatory pain from sports, exercise or trauma

  • Degenerative joint pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

  • Neuropathic pain

  • Pain from bone stress fractures and non-unions

  • Back pain from herniated discs and spondylarthrosis

In addition to alleviating pain, EMTT helps to stimulate healing in damaged tissues by encouraging the repair of individual cells and the genesis of new ones. The magnetic pulses emitted by EMTT send magnetic energy into the body’s cells and resonate with the body’s own magnetic fields, increasing available electrolytes and ions. The resulting increased electrical activity sparks cellular metabolism, to initiate the healing process.

Benefits of EMTT vs Traditional Treatment

The past decade has seen a wave of new regenerative technologies that leverage the body’s innate healing mechanisms. Rather than intervening in tissue repair, regenerative technologies work in tandem with cellular metabolism, clearing a path for natural healing. Extracorporeal Magnetic Transduction Therapy is just one of several regenerative treatment options, and is often used in conjunction with other non-invasive therapies.

Benefits of EMTT vs Traditional Treatment

EMTT has multiple advantages, including:

  • Does not require anesthesia

  • Needs no downtime for recovery

  • Patient immobilization is unnecessary

  • Performed as an outpatient procedure

  • Completely non-invasive and painless

  • Penetrates deep tissues

  • Sessions take 15-20 minutes

  • Only 4-8 treatment sessions required

Rather than spending weeks or months with restricted mobility while taking harmful medications to mask the pain, patients report reduced pain after the very first session, and complete recovery after several brief sessions.

EMTT Use Cases

Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Degeneration

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating joint condition characterized by cartilage degeneration, osteophyte formation and stiffening of the joints. Degeneration of bone and joint cartilage in OA is attributed to an imbalance between the breakdown and synthesis of chondrocytes that regulate turnover in the extracellular matrix (ECM). Recent research indicates that PEMFs such as EMTT are effective in preventing the development of osteoarthritis and halting its progression.

Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

Researchers randomly assigned 86 patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy to one of two study groups. One group was treated with extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), while the other group was treated with both ESWT and EMTT. The patients treated with EMTT saw significant improvements in both pain and shoulder function compared to the ESWT-only group.

EMTT Use Cases

Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common medical complaints of adults, yet it often arises with no evidence of structural damage to the spine. Non-specific LBP is often treated with rest, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs, and often resolves itself over time. However, a recent study found that treatment of non-specific LBP with EMTT was significantly superior to conventional treatment alone.

Achilles Tendinopathy

A study involving 53 patients with chronic Achilles tendinopathy provided all patients with heel cushions, but also gave 28 patients eight treatments of EMTT therapy over a 4-week period. At the 12-week assessment point, the patients who had been treated with EMTT showed significant improvements over the control group.

These are just a few of dozens of studies that show EMTT therapy to be an effective treatment option for musculoskeletal pain and tissue degeneration. The field of regenerative medicine shows great promise for helping patients to move away from harmful drugs and surgery by stimulating and supporting the body’s own healing mechanisms.

EMTT Therapy in NYC

At NYDNRehab, we use the Storz Magnetolith EMTT device to provide alternative non-invasive therapy to patients suffering from a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions. Our regenerative technologies are rarely found in run-of-the-mill physical therapy clinics. If you want fast pain relief and accelerated healing without harmful drugs or surgery, contact NYDNRehab today, and see what a difference non-invasive EMTT therapy can make.

Research at NYDNRehab

Gerdesmeyer, Ludger, et al. “Electromagnetic transduction therapy for achilles tendinopathy: a preliminary report on a new technology.” The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery 56.5 (2017): 964-967.
Krath, André, et al. “Electromagnetic transduction therapy in non-specific low back pain: A prospective randomized controlled trial.” Journal of orthopedics 14.3 (2017): 410-415.
Klüter, Tim, et al. “Electromagnetic transduction therapy and shockwave therapy in 86 patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy: a prospective randomized controlled trial.” Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine 37.4 (2018): 175-183.
Wang, Tiantian, et al. “Effects of electromagnetic fields on osteoarthritis.” Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy 118 (2019): 109282.

About the Author

Dr. Lev Kalika is clinical director of NYDNRehab, located in Manhattan. Lev Kalika is the author of multiple medical publications and research, and an international expert in the field of rehabilitative sonography, ultrasound guided dry needling and sports medicine Dr. Kalika works with athletes, runners, dancers and mainstream clients to relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, enhance performance and minimize the risk of injuries. His clinic features some of the most technologically advanced equipment in the world, rarely found in a private clinic.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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