Whole-body Electromyostimulation for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis (EMSOAT) $ in Overweight People - a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Institution: Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute of Radiology
Applicant: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kemmler
EKFS funding line: Key Project

Resistance exercise training has been shown to generate positive effects on pain and functionality in osteoarthritis of the knee. Unfortunately, only few people with osteoarthritic knee pain are motivated or even able to perform regular conventional resistance exercise. Whole-body electromyostimulation (WB-EMS) a time-efficient, joint-friendly and subjectively less strenuous intervention might be a feasible option to conventional resistance exercise. In addition to the change in pain frequency, functionality and joint structure, we aimed to determine the effect of a six month WB-EMS on obesity-induced subclinical inflammatory variables related to knee osteoarthritis. The persistence of potential effects last will be assessed after a further six months without WB-EMS application.

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