Pulsed short-wave diathermy effects on human fibroblast proliferation

Jonathan Hill, Martyn Lewis, Pauline Mills, Cay Kielty

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    Objectives: To investigate the influence of pulsed short-wave diathermy (PSWD) on fibroblast and chondrocyte cell proliferation rates and to establish the influences of different dosages applied. Design: Four single-blind trials. Setting: Laboratory, in vitro study. Specimens: Human adult dermal fibroblast and chondrocyte cells were plated at known concentrations and incubated for 5 days. Intervention: Exposure to PSWD, twice daily, on days 2, 3, and 4. Main Outcome Measure: After crystal violet staining (day 5), optical density (cell number) was determined spectrophotometrically. Results: PSWD, given at mean power of 48W for 10 minutes, increased fibroblast proliferation compared with control groups (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)832-836
    Number of pages4
    JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    • Chondrocytes
    • Diathermy
    • Electric stimulation therapy
    • Fibroblasts
    • Physical therapy
    • Rehabilitation


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