Journal of Science and Medicine Abstract by William Pawluk about TBI
This is a case report of a patient looking for a complementary approach to her chronic fatigue, and a mild partial complex, temporal lobe seizure disorder. Moreover, it is presumed the symptoms and seizure disorder were mostly attributed to her TBIs.
This report and discussion provide substantial support for the use of this specific 10 mT/100 Gauss pulsed magnetic field 10 Hz signal. This was for 2 hours daily to and only significantly improved clinical function. Also, it objectively produced positive neurological functional changes. Furthermore, it is still unknown whether 2 hours per day of this type of PEMF therapy is optimal. Clearly, in this patient, 2 hours/day of therapy made significant improvements in subjective and objective measures of function, and with internal validity, significant loss of benefit with cessation of therapy. Nonetheless, this loss of benefit with stopping treatment has been seen in other transcranial PEMF research. It remains to be seen whether durable, long-term benefits can be seen with longer-term PEMF therapy, whether other signal parameters could be optimized, including PEMF frequencies and intensities, and whether more permanent structural improvements in the injured brain may be found.
Further research is clearly needed on a larger sample of individuals with TBI. This is true whether complex or not, with different times after onset of injury. This would help to determine whether this approach is equally effective across various TBI scenarios. Along with this, whether any contraindications or limitations arise under different circumstances.