The case for over-the-counter shortwave therapy: safe and effective devices for pain management

Pain Manag. 2014 Jan;4(1):37-43. doi: 10.2217/pmt.13.60.


Pulsed shortwave diathermy, an electromagnetic therapy, has been in clinical use for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain for many decades. Innovation, miniaturization and advances in technology have allowed for the development of a new generation of shortwave devices that deliver a localized, low fixed dose of shortwave therapy. Clinical research has shown that these novel shortwave devices can be used safely in order to reduce acute and chronic pain, as well as the need for pain medications. Their ease of use and safety profile make low-dose shortwave devices an attractive alternative, or adjunct therapy, to pharmacological-based pain therapies.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Pain Management / instrumentation*
  • Short-Wave Therapy / instrumentation*