Knee Pain Treatment Protocol

Your Pain >> Q Magnet Prescription for Knee pain:

Simple knee pain

Q Magnets can be placed in either of two arrays depending on the intensity of the pain. The first is intended for mild to moderate pain. Feel for the joint spaces or grooves on either side of the kneecap by bending the knee forward and back. Place a Q Magnet on either side of the knee in these two joint spaces.

In some cases, it's important to capture a larger area with the magnetic field. To do so, add a Q Magnet above and below the knee in the joint spaces, again by feeling for the grooves at the top and bottom of the kneecap, while bending the knee back and forth. Placement should resemble a diamond shape around the kneecap.

In some cases it may also be necessary to treat centrally over the spine. All pain is first interpreted at the spine and the nerves that innovate the knee insert into the spine at L3. L4 is located at the same level as the waist and can be found by imagining a line joining either side, where it crosses the spine is L4. L3 is around 2cm above L4 or you may feel it as the next bony protrusion. Wear a Q Magnet over L3 for a few days and monitor your condition, you may need to shift it slightly up or down to ensure you have the correct placement.

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These are recommendations from neurologists and physiotherapists who have used Q Magnets extensively in a clinical setting. See the Q Magnets products page for a description of each device, including the sizes and penetration depths.

It is important to get the right dose of magnetic field to the target tissue, otherwise there will be little or no effect. This may require using the information supplied with your order and on this website with a bit of trial and error to achieve the optimal placement. The best results are usually achieved by seeing an appropriately trained health professional such as a doctor or physiotherapist using their own clinical reasoning and neural anatomy to find the most effective placements.

As a general rule, the larger devices such as the QF28-6 and QF28-3 should be used centrally over the spine and over the larger deeper nerves such as the sciatic nerve, the smaller Q Magnets such as the QF20-3 and QF15-2 should be used peripherally over areas such as the elbow and wrist and the smallest models QF10-2, Q6-1.5 used on trigger points. With each pain episode, you may require a larger Q Magnet and as the pain diminishes substitute with a smaller device to maintain your pain free state.

The smaller devices such as the QF20-2 have a lower profile, hence may be more comfortable for daily use. The Q6-1.5 is very small and only requires a small round plaster to apply it to the body, hence it is very comfortable and inconspicuous to wear, but has a shallow penetration and a very small active surface area and is unlikely to be effective over the lower back or neck or the larger joints such as the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow.

The largest Q Magnet, the OF50-3 has the advantage of covering a larger active surface area (the active surface area of the Q Magnet is the boundary line between the alternating poles, this is where the magnetic field gradient is at its steepest) and penetrates to around 35mm or 1.4'. Whereas the QF28-6 and QF28-3 models cannot cover two adjacent spinal levels such as L4/5 and L5/S1 since they have to be separated by an inch or 2.5cm, the OF50-3 can cover two adjacent levels which can make all the difference if required.



  • Do not wear Q Magnets near sensitive medical equipment or implants such as pacemakers, dorsal column stimulators, infusion pumps, or any other magnetically programmable medical devices.
  • Always read the Information & Instructions sheet that comes with the product.
  • This product is not a replacement for professional medical treatment.
  • If you are uncertain if these contraindications apply to you, consult your health care professional prior to use.
  • Use only as directed, if symptoms persist, see your health care professional.  
  • Do not use during pregnancy as there has not been adequate testing.