Not that many years ago, when someone suspected they had arthritis or were diagnosed with the disease, they ran out and bought a copper bracelet. Some people believed that copper bracelets or magnetic wrist straps could alleviate pain associated with arthritis. Others, while they weren't 100% sold on the concept, figured it couldn't hurt. Before long, magnets were appearing in shoes and mattresses and just about anywhere you could think of to market "pain relief".
According to a study published in the September issue of PLoS One, British researchers randomly assigned 65 rheumatoid arthritis patients to wear one of the following: a standard magnetic wrist strap, a demagnetized wrist strap, an attenuated magnetic wrist strap, and a copper bracelet. The study participants wore their assigned device for 5 weeks and then completed a survey about pain. Bottom line - there was no statistically significant difference in pain levels, swollen or tender joints, physical limitations, or CRP levels associated with any of the four devices. Placebo may account for any perceived benefit.
Are you surprised by the results?
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