What is Diathermy?
All about Diathermy
Diathermy is suitable for people who experience severe pain and physical discomfort due to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or any other musculoskeletal condition. It is one of the most effective therapeutic treatments for joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
What is diathermy?
Diathermy is a therapeutic treatment in which high frequency electric current is used for generating heat in the body tissues. A special kind of diathermy machine is used for passing the current from the machine to the body. However, the machine doesn’t apply heat directly to the body. Instead, the current from the machine enables the body to generate the heat from within the targeted tissue.
The heat that is produced through this process helps improve blood flow in the body and relieves pain. It also helps increase the flexibility in otherwise stiff joints and connective tissue. Decreased pain and inflammation allows patients to increase their range of motion. This particular form of treatment is known to be useful in alleviating the symptoms and pain related to back pain, muscle spasms, arthritis, fibromyalgia, sprains, strains, neuralgia, tendonitis, bone injuries and bursitis.
Diathermy is also used in surgical procedures for treating the cervix, bladder, eyes, tonsils, bowels, and ovaries. In surgical diathermy an electrode is applied to a blood vessel. The heat generated in the blood vessel causes the blood to coagulate and the vessel to get sealed. Diathermy is also found to be effective in removing
There are primarily three types of diathermy: shortwave, microwave, and ultrasound. Shortwave uses high frequency electromagnetic energy to generate heat. Microwave uses microwaves to generate heat in the body, and ultrasound uses sound waves to treat deep tissues. The type of diathermy that is used depends on the location and condition of the affected area.
Diathermy may be administered by physicians, surgeons, dentists, chiropractors, sports therapists, and physical therapists. It is usually part of a complete physical therapy or rehabilitative regimen. The length of the treatment may again vary, depending on the condition being treated.
Who is the best candidate?
The best candidates for diathermy are people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or other musculoskeletal conditions. People who experience discomfort from kidney stones or sinusitis are also considered to be ideal candidate for this particular treatment. People who have cancer, those who have implanted medical devices or those who have reduced skin sensation or peripheral vascular disease, are not considered to be appropriate for this treatment.
Diathermy is a safe and non-invasive procedure for treating pain in joints, muscles, and tendons. People with pacemaker, prosthesis, intrauterine device or any other implanted metal device are at a risk of injury if they undergo diathermy. Areas that are filled with fluid or are moist are also at the risk of injury. To avoid injury and other complications, it is advisable to avoid this treatment if you have implanted metal device. Further, you must choose a qualified and experienced physician or surgeon to get the most out of this wonderful therapy.
What is the Cost?
The cost of diathermy may vary depending on the size of the area being treated, the condition that is being treated, and the skill and experience of the physician or therapist offering the therapy. Usually, the cost is around $55 and $75 per 15 minutes. Consult a local chiropractor or therapist to get the exact cost.