Pain is a real pain. Dr. Albert Schweitzer said, “Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” Approximately one in four American have suffered pain that lasts longer than 24 hours, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, and chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.
Carlsbad, California-based Oska Wellness recently published the results of a phase I clinical trial of the company’s Oska Pulse wearable. The peer-reviewed study, published in the Journal of Pain Management, found that among participants using the Oska Pulse device, 80% experienced pain reduction, 40% reported improved overall mobility, and 30% remained pain-free or nearly so for the full four-week trial. The study is paywall blocked and we did not read it, but it is notable that the results statement does not refer to a control group. Oska Pulse uses Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy. The device is used with a compression wrap to keep it in place. According to the company, Oska Pulse “mimics the natural electrical signals produced by the body to promote recovery.” Designed to be used for knee, back, muscle, and joint pain, Oska Pulse is FDA registered as an alternative to opioids for ongoing pain relief.
Oska Pulse is available on the Oska Wellness website for $400. While some sources state that the effectiveness of PEMF is inconclusive, numerous clinical and evidence-based studies have found the technology helpful in nonpharmacologic pain management, such as this study on published on PubMed. Oska Pulse is sold with a 90-day money back guarantee so if users do not find relief, they have plenty of time to return it.