OK, this is a difficult topic, so please bear with me. My journey with hip issues was long and complex, but I will try to be brief. I have also had knee issues, but less severe.
Starting with the hip: I had two very different experiences. Beginning about 13 years ago I started to have quite severe sharp pains on the front of my right hip. Imaging showed arthrosis and the clinical prognosis was progressive degeneration; untreatable. But almost immediately at the start of this pain I began ICES-PEMF treatments, using my first prototype ICES unit (!) It was a crude system but I started immediately using it when the hip trouble began, and it was very effective at reducing pain, but I had to use it more or less all day every day. The output was limited to approximately somewhere between “M” and “H” on the newer model A9, which we still sell.
At first, I thought I would need to use ICES-PEMF for the rest of my life, but after about 3 months I started noticing more lasting improvements. It ended up taking about 7 months total, but the pain eventually stopped completely and it has not returned all these years. Also, most signs of the arthrosis on digital x-ray have disappeared, though they might be slowly coming back. But there has been no pain in my right hip all these years since I treated it. I consider that a 100% success.
My left hip is a different story. Several years ago it started to hurt as my right hip had done several years earlier. At that time I was finishing development of the B5/C5/M1 series of devices. So, I did not begin immediate ICES-PEMF treatment of my left hip because I wanted to complete the B5/C5/M1 technology and use myself as a guinea pig to make sure it was as good as the older A9 technology. The unfortunate part was that the C5/B5/M1 technology took about 18 months to develop, and during that time my hip was getting progressively worse, but like an idiot I wanted to wait to try the new generation of ICES on it, so I let it progress much farther than my right hip had years earlier.
When I was finally able to use the C5/B5/M1 technology, the left hip degeneration was already so advanced that I had to use a cane or a walker to stand and walk. But the B5/C5/M1 technology was, in my opinion at least as effective as the older A9 technology (gen 5.0), and it worked spectacularly well on my lower back. The new tech was also working to reduce the pain in my left hip, but by the time I began using it I was in such an advanced state of hip degeneration in my left hip that the orthopedic surgeon actually asked me to sit and brace myself before he would show me the most recent images. They were pretty bad.
My left hip was a total loss at that point. Nonetheless, I did try for about a year and a half to see if I could pull off some sort of miracle. I was able to essentially halt or profoundly slow the progression of the disease, and several doctors were impressed by that, but I was also unable to stand or walk, and essentially my left hip would mechanically jam from time to time and would not even bend. But the ICES-PEMF did reduce the pain to tolerable levels.
But after 18 months of continuous treatment of my left hip without improvement, just less rapid degeneration, I finally gave in for a total hip on the left side (titanium in a UHMW socket).
I continued to use PEMF thinking that it might improve my recovery. My surgeon was paying attention because he also wanted to know how well it worked.
To make a long story short, the hip replacement in May 2020 was very good. I made a very fast recovery. Even the wound (incision) itself healed much faster than they had anticipated. Based on their assessments, the bone engraftment was excellent and rapid, I regained full strength in just a few weeks, and they even suggested that I could discontinue physical therapy because my progress had been so outstanding.
Based on these two very different experiences (right versus left hip), I resolved to always begin treatments with ICES-PEMF immediately, NEVER TO DELAY, NEVER TO WAIT FOR THE PROMISE OF A MAGICAL NEW TECHNOLOGY. The existing and commercially-available ICES-PEMF technology is already remarkably effective, and it makes no sense whatsoever to wait for anything new that would be, at most, only slightly better, if that means also enduring needless pain and progressive degeneration. I hope that point is absolutely clear to everyone.
I have had subsequent issues with my knees, but began using ICES-PEMF immediately, and these never progressed to the point where they required any kind of clinical treatment. Basically, if and when they emerge, I fix them immediately with ICES-PEMF. So, for me, knees have never become a serious problem, and I personally (without scientific proof) attribute this to immediate corrective action using ICES-PEMF.
I believe I lost my left hip because I waited too long to start using ICES-PEMF. I believe I saved my right hip by beginning immediate use if ICES-PEMF.
Since that time my policy has been: Use PEMF as soon as a degenerative orthopedic problem is detected, and continue use it until the tissue has healed. That is my advice to anyone who asks.
ICES-PEMF is not magic. It does not magically regenerate things beyond a certain point. It works best when you use it promptly.