Drs. Bridges, Hilliard and Chui Publish Systematic Review on Therapeutic Electromagnetic Energy

Physical Therapy core faculty members Dr. Michael Bridges, Dr. Jeremy Hilliard, and Dr. Kevin Chui recently published an article in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation titled, “Management of Conditions Associated with Aging and Older Adults Using Therapeutic Electromagnetic Energy: A Narrative Systematic Review.”  They completed this review over the last academic year with assistance from a current third year DPT student, Heather Higashi (‘2019).  The team reviewed various types of electromagnetic energy, including diathermy and pulsed electromagnetic fields, to assist practitioners in the treatment of pain, function, and quality of life for aging and older adults.  Their review also summarizes the physics of electromagnetic energy and its theoretical rationale for treatment.  Outcomes varied based on the area treated, unit parameters, and treatment protocols. Most studies reported improved results over sham or placebo, but no difference when compared to other modalities.  

According to their website “Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, (TGR) is a peer-reviewed quarterly publication that presents clinical, basic, and applied research, as well as theoretic information, consolidated into a clinically relevant form. TGR is a leading resource for the healthcare professional practicing in the area of geriatric rehabilitation. TGR provides useful treatment information written by and for specialists in all aspects of geriatric care.” This journal is indexed in the following databases: Abstracts in Social Gerontology, Academic OneFile, Allied and Complementary Medicine Database, Cumulative Index to Nursing Administration and Health Literature (CINAHL), EBSCO A-Z, EMBASE, Ex Libris, HINARI, JournalGuide, ProQuest, Scopus, Social Sciences Citation Index, TDNet, and Web of Science. 


Bridges M, Hilliard J, Chui K. Management of conditions associated with aging and older adults using therapeutic electromagnetic energy: A narrative systematic review. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 2018;43(4):283-304.


Dec. 3, 2018