What Is Diathermy?
Diathermy is a therapeutic treatment most commonly prescribed for joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. In diathermy, a high-frequency electric current is delivered via shortwave, microwave, or ultrasound to generate deep heat in body tissues.
The heat can be used to increase blood flow or to relieve pain.
Who Benefits from Diathermy?
Diathermy often benefits patients who have pain from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or other musculoskeletal conditions. It is also used to treat discomfort from kidney stones or sinusitis.
However, if you have implanted metal devices, cancer, reduced skin sensation, peripheral vascular disease, or one of several other contraindications, you may not be an appropriate candidate for this treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Diathermy?
Diathermy is used to produce heat in deep tissues in many parts of the body. In cases of injury or pain, the intense heat may provide pain relief and better flexibility. It can reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and accelerate healing.
Diathermy can be effective in providing some relief and treatment of symptoms related to:
- back pain
- muscle spasms
- sprains and strains
- bone injuries