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11 May 2009

Shortwave Diathermy Indication, Contraindication

Types of Applications

  1. The condenser field method (commonly used)
  2. Cable method
Indication of Shortwave Diathermy:
  1. Inflammation of shoulder joint
  2. Inflammation of Elbow Joint (Tennis Elbow)
  3. Degeneration of joints of neck (Cervical Spondylosis)
  4. Degeneration of joints like knee and hip (Osteoarthritis)
  5. Ligament Sprains in knee joint
  6. Low Back Ache
  7. Plantar fascitis (Heel Pain)
  8. Sinusitis
Contraindication of Shortwave Diathermy:

  1. High Fever
  2. Fluctuating Blood Pressure
  3. Very sensitive Skin
  4. Persons with Untreated Fits
  5. Persons using Cardiac Pace Maker
  6. Severe kidney and heart problems
  7. Pregnant Women
  8. Mentally Retarded Individuals
  9. Tuberculosis of Bone
  10. Malignant cancer

If the treatment area has:
  1. Open wounds
  2. Skin disease
  3. Unhealed scars
  4. Recent burns
  1. Relaxation of the muscles
  2. Effective in bacterial infections
  3. Relief of pain
Treatment Time:

Initial Stage - 5-10 minutes
Moderate Stage - 10-20 minutes
Severe State - 20-30 minutes


  1. Burns
  2. Scalds (Boils)
  3. Overdose
  4. Shock
  5. Electric Sparking
  6. Faintness

1 comment:

  1. Can anybody enlighten me about procedure for application of SWD in case of Lower Back Pain, i.e. is it given on back or at the point of pain.


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