Microwave diathermy

It's an electromagnetic wave used for treatment purposes with wavelength between infra-red rays and short wave diathermic waves.(5)

The heat energy obtained from the wave is used for giving relief to the patient.

Treatment Settings

  1. Micro-wave diathermy waves used for treatment is of Wave length - 12.25 cm
  2. Frequency - 2,450 cycles/sec

Production of Waves

The waves are obtained by heating special type of valve called Magnetron. The output is carried to a small aerial and microwaves are emitted.

Where useful?

  1. Pain
  2. Bacterial infection
  3. Septic fingers
  4. Boils
  5. Abscess

Where it should not be used?

  1. Cancer
  2. Tuberculosis of Bone
  3. Recent exposure to X-rays
  4. Defective blood circulation (In cases like Diabetes)


  1. Pain is relieved
  2. Healing of infections is faster
  3. Aids in relaxation
Microwave Diathermy Helps Relieve Pain


  1. Burns
  2. Injuries to eyes


  1. Therapeutic Heat - (https://fadavispt.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=1932žionid=141707499)
  2. Sample Records For Cryotherapy - (https://www.science.gov/topicpages/c/cryotherapy.html)
  3. Light Therapy - (https://accessphysiotherapy.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=2223žionid=173788506)
  4. Contrast Bath Therapy - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrast_bath_therapy)
  5. Shortwave And Microwave Diathermy - (https://accessphysiotherapy.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=465žionid=40195359)
  6. Ultrasonics - (https://www.encyclopedia.com/science-and-technology/physics/physics/ultrasonics)
  7. Therapeutic Massage Techniques - (https://www.physioblasts.org/f/public/1366280192_429_FT0_technique_of_massage.pdf)
  8. The Properties Of Water And Their Applications for Training - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4327375/)


Robin123 Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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

varun.esm Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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...


KathyF Wednesday, July 24, 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.

faizan43 Saturday, March 23, 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??

kdharmarajan1947 Friday, March 22, 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..

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