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Short Wave Diathermy

Short Wave diathermy current is a high frequency alternating current. The heat energy obtained from the wave is used for giving relief to the patient. Its frequency is 27,120,000 cycles per second and the wavelength is 11 metre.

Types of Applications

  1. The condenser field method (commonly used)
  2. Cable method
Where useful?
  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
Where it should not be used?


  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

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I suffer from TMD and have pain in the right side neck. I have been adviced IFT for ten days. Is it ok to go for it and will it reduce the pain. Ravindra Bawari
Robin123 Tuesday, January 28, 2014
i have problem while writing and while working on keyboard or using calculator.
i cannot grip the pen properly within my 1st finger and thumb and while working on computer i am unable to use my 1st finger for pressing keys so i use my middle finger.
please advice...


varun.esm Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I had short wave diathermy in Italy for a shoulder injury. It seems to have been very succesful - pain reduced and mobility improved afte 3 sessions. I would try it again.
KathyF Wednesday, July 24, 2013
i have muscular atrophy in my both hand, i cant hold anything and close my figure.anyone advice my how to recover from it.Or any way of treatment??
faizan43 Saturday, March 23, 2013
For lumbar spondylosis, I've been advised IFT as part pf physio therapy. I find however that IFt sometimes hurts [as if someone pricks me with a pin]while it is on in specific areas. Is it ok? Should I ask to reduce the intensity ..? I should add I do feel a certain degree of comfort once the therapy is over..
kdharmarajan1947 Friday, March 22, 2013
i am having partial muscletear in shoulder with supraspinatus tendon whether it can be cured by interferential therapy.
aamer Sunday, October 28, 2012
inhomeo Sunday, October 28, 2012
I am suffering from spondilitis,with severe pain in my neck,left shoulder blade and hand. I am undergoing IFT. The pain is less than before but is still there. Is there a better treatment which will have lasting effect.
rano3165 Monday, September 17, 2012
yes u should do regularly physio therapy workout. at least 4 to 5 day in a week. after finish workout apply hot water formantation to u neck and shoulder.
VAIBHAV5 Sunday, November 25, 2012
i felt unbalanced ,when i bent or up stood,went to hospital,doctor done many test,spending rs15 throusand,could not find the reason,my ortho just used ift pulling neck for 10minutes daily for 7days i passed four years,without any problem.today again while standing from bed ,while changing side on bed ,felt unbalance,not getting fit treatment nearby,what to do,doctors declare it,bp,heart done many test ,no to any result,can i buy my own ift use at home with the hekp of good physiotherapist.reply thanks,,
sppuri Monday, July 30, 2012
Hi I am physiotherapy student in myanmar. I would like to know about latest modalities and techniques.Please reply me
khinmyatnoe Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I want to learn about IFT in order to treat myself .what do i need to do ?please recommnd.
pritish21 Wednesday, May 09, 2012
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