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Pulsed Shortwave Diathermy

What is pulsed shortwave diathermy?

Pulsed shortwave diathermy uses electromagnetic energy where high-frequency short-wavelength electrical currents are passed through the body to produce a mild heating effect in deep and superficial tissues.

What does pulsed shortwave diathermy do?

Very similar to ultrasound in that pulsed short waves act at a cellular level. The energy used:

What is the thermal effect?

As this energy is being used, there is a momentum created upon the damaged cell i.e. vibration, rotation and distortion which cause a thermal effect. Some of the benefits of this include:

None thermal:

When would we use pulsed shortwaves?

Pulsed shortwave diathermy can be used at all stages of injury including much larger traumas and the following conditions:

When we can’t use pulsed shortwaves (contraindications)?

The following are some of the conditions where pulsed shortwave diathermy can not be carried out:

  • Pacemakers
  • Pregnancy
  • Malignancies
  • Impaired thermal sensation
  • Uncontrolled movements
  • Venous thrombosis
  • Pyrexic patients
  • Active TB
  • Ischaemic tissues


  • Obesity
  • Hearing aids
  • Synthetic materials
  • Cognition
  • Metal work

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