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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2010 December;61(6):517-25

language: Italian

The high intensity magnetic fields therapy in the bone bruising and bone marrow edema syndrome

Bisciotti G. N. 1,2,3, Eirale C. 1,4,5, Lello P. P. 3

1 Qatar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, FIFA Excellence Center, Roma, Italia
2 Cattedra di Riabilitazione Sportiva, Corso di Scienze Motorie della Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia dell’Università di Parma, Parma, Italia
3 Kinemove Rehabilitation Centers, Pontremoli, Parma, Italia
4 Qatar National Football Team CMO, Roma, Italia
5 Football Medicine Lead, National Sport Medicine Program, Qatar


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The bone bruising (BB) is a pathology determined from a traumatic compressive force in bone structure. Its onset can be attributed both to a single traumatic event of high intensity, that to a repeated microtrauma. Contrary the syndrome of bone marrow edema (BME), does not have a traumatic etiology and is more observable at the hip and knee joints and into the proximal femur. The important increase in the use of MRI in recent years has raised the questions concerning these two diseases, which have been largely underestimated in the past because not detectable by conventional radiological technique. The present paper describes both the BB and bone marrow edema taking in account their different impact on the joints and their resolving times. It is also discussed their treatment through the use of high intensity magnetic fields.

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