Nerve compression (chronic)

Editor: | 14. January 2019

Characteristics of chronic nerve compression: Use this program predominantly for chronic back pain resulting from degenerative changes in the spinal column.

Purpose of magnetic therapy application in chronic nerve compression

In chronic nerve compression, the purpose of the application is to provide relief from pain, allow further recovery of mobility, enhance the regeneration process and maintain a bearable condition for a longer time. It can also be applied in resting periods 1-2 times a day as maintenance therapy.

Using magnetic therapy in chronic nerve compression

Chronic nerve compression is caused by root nerve compression (radicular syndromes) in various parts of the spine, with radiating pain and limited mobility – vertebrogenic algic syndrome. Unlike the acute form, this is a permanent disorder that may improve or exacerbate temporarily.

Most often, chronic nerve compression results from degenerative spinal changes – spondylosis, spondylarthrosis, and osteochondritis. Chronic nerve compression is caused by pressure from a herniated intervertebral disc or by osteophytes affecting the nerve root. Pressure exerted by the herniated intervertebral disc or osteophytes and the effects of other degenerative changes of the spine on the nerve root cause the condition known as radicular syndrome, while pain varies according to the location of the compression. A range of vertebrogenic algic syndromes of chronic nerve compression have been described – cervicocranial syndrome, cervicovestibular syndrome, cervicobrachial syndrome, radicular syndrome of the upper extremities, pain in the thoracic area of the spine, lumbago (crick in the back), chronic sacral pain, SI algic syndrome, radicular syndrome of the lower extremities, and cauda equina syndrome.

In chronic nerve compression, the analgesic, muscle-relaxant, anti-swelling and regenerative effects of Biomag low-frequency pulsed magnetic therapy can be beneficial in vertebral pain syndromes. Unfortunately, magnetic therapy alone cannot remove existing anatomical changes of a permanent character that require surgery. However, it can be used as a preparation for surgery and during the postoperative recovery period and subsequently, as prevention for other degenerative changes. The magnetic field increases the effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) concomitantly administered in chronic nerve compression. In these chronic conditions, magnetic therapy is applied as a relief and maintenance therapy, which reduces pain and improves mobility and quality of life.

Application of magnetic therapy in chronic nerve compression

In acute nerve compression and pain, low analgesic frequencies of 4-6 Hz are preferred; in chronic pain, alternate these with frequencies of 13-17 Hz with higher muscle-relaxant effects. The applicator is attached to the compression site on the spinal nerve.


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