Does Magnetic Therapy for Arthritis Work?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Would magnetic therapy work for a person with arthritis who will not take medication.

Doctor's Response:

Magnets have no support of any significant scientific research. Some people still could find that they feel better using a magnet, but there is no scientific reason why they should. It should be noted that magnets have been sold, in many areas, under multi-level marketing schemes.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018