Application of Fizomed -Arthro paraffin-containing devices in the treatment of inflammatory-degenerative diseases of the extremities and the spine.
Abstract submitted for the IX Russian National “Man and Human Health” Congress,
22-26 November, St. Petersburg
Head of the Chair of Traumatology and Orthopedics of the Russian Peoples Friendship University, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Prof. N. V. Zagorodniy,
Candidate of Medical Sciences, neurologist I. L. Zagorodnyaya, MD,
G. N. Levitskiy
Polyclinic № 173, Moscow RussianStateMedicalUniversity
We monitored 56 patients suffering from osteochondrosis of the cervical spine (27 subjects), epicondylitis of the lateral humerus condyle (8 subjects), post-traumatic arthrosis of the ankle joint (5 subjects), and gonarthrosis (26 subjects).
In the treatment of patients with osteochondrosis of the cervical and upper thoracic spine, we used a backpack-like device made of elastic cotton material that featured paraffin-containing inserts manufactured by the domestic company Fizomed . In patients with diseases of the elbow or knee joint, identical Fizomed -Arthro devices were employed that presented as knee-pieces and elbow-pieces. These appliances were used by our patients over a period of several months, at least three.
The mechanism of action of these devices is related to the effects exerted on the body by the inserts containing paraffin, which is treated beforehand with electromagnetic field. The therapeutic effect of these inserts unfolded at the patient’s body temperature (without preliminary warming on a bain-marie as is the common practice in therapy hospital departments). In the process of treatment, three consecutive stages were observed in the clinical picture: elimination of pain syndrome, condition stabilization, and regression of the pathological process.
Clinically, we observed elimination of edema in the articular soft tissues and enhanced muscular strength in the upper extremities in 86% of patients. In 10% of subjects, these improvements were not complete because residual manifestations of the pathological process persisted (moderate pain, minor swelling of the soft tissues, and deteriorated function of the extremities). In 4% of patients, the outcome of the treatment was marked as unsatisfactory, because there were no positive changes in the course of disease or the patient’s condition worsened.
To make the obtained results objective, we performed the following tests:
- stimulation electromyography (ENMG) – in 7 patients with cervical osteochondrosis
- assessment of the velocity of conduction in motor and sensory fibers during electromyography – in 5 patients with gonarthrosis. These evaluations were performed both before and after treatment.
ENMG results have demonstrated that the Fizomed paraffin-containing applicators affect electrophysiological parameters of nerve conduction and stimulation in patients with cervical osteochondrosis and gonarthrosis in different directions. Patients tended to have lower conduction velocities in motor fibers of the ulnar nerves. In some patients, stimulation and conduction measures improved in sensory nerve fibers in the upper and lower extremities.
It can be concluded overall that the use of a paraffin applicator exerts positive effects on electrophysiological parameters recorded on electromyography in patients with disturbances of the spine or joints.