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Are magnetic bracelets any good for arthritis?

Q) Are magnetic bracelets any good for arthritis?
Bridget (Winter 2015)

A) It's been suggested that magnets can be helpful for pain relief, including low back and knee pain. Magnets can be used in different ways, including wearing them in bracelets, taping them to your joints and using various magnetic devices, including mattress pads.

Unfortunately, the evidence is too patchy to make clear recommendations on the kind of magnet therapy that might help you and the use of magnetic bracelets isn't recommended in any of the guidelines for treating the symptoms of arthritis. But some people do find them beneficial for their symptoms and they are safe for most people.

However, there are certain situations where magnetic bracelets or devices should not be worn. You should never use magnetic bracelets if you're pregnant or if you have a pacemaker or any type of electronic medical device like an implanted defibrillator.

This answer was provided by Dr Tom Margham for the Winter 2015 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

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