This case report documents the use of microwave diathermy in a 31-year- old woman who had primary dysmenorrhea since menarche began at age 13 years. For 18 years, she had severe monthly pain, frequently resulting in emergency department admissions and 1 to 3 days lost from work. Conventional treatments, including pain-relieving drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, superficial heat, and oral contraceptives, had all been unsuccessful in relieving or abating the intense and debilitating pain. Microwave diathermy (45 W total power) was administered for 20 minutes each month on the day symptoms began (usually the first day of menstruation). Over a 7-month interval, diathermy was followed by almost-immediate and long- lasting relief of symptoms. During the 7 months of treatment, the patient lost no workdays due to severe pain. This case demonstrates the potential use of microwave diathermy as an effective treatment for women with this condition.
- Physical therapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Health Professions(all)
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine