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What is Diathermy

Diathermy is a type of therapy that uses high-frequency electrical currents are used to heat deep muscular tissues. This treatment us used most often in physical therapy and is painless. The heat increases blood flow, speeding up recovery. Doctors also use diathermy in surgical procedures by sealing blood vessels with electrically heated probes.

Diathermy is used most often for muscular conditions but it can be used to treat arthritis, bursitis, and other health conditions involving stiff, painful joint or the tendons, ligaments and bursa near the joints. It is also used to treat pelvic infections and sinusitis.

Types of Diathermy

There are three types of diathermy

  • Ultrasound diathermy employs high-frequency acoustic vibrations which, when propelled through the tissues, are converted into heat.

  • Short wave diathermy machines utilize two condenser plates that are placed on either side of the body part to be treated.

  • Microwave diathermy uses radar waves, which are of higher frequency and shorter wavelength than radio waves.

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