Diathermy is a controlled production of ‘deep heating’ beneath the skin in the subcutaneous tissues, deep muscles, and joints for therapeutic purposes. Using high-frequency short wave electric currents, the heat is generated in the diathermy equipment. The heat can reach areas as deep as two inches beneath the skin’s surface. Diathermy equipment does not apply heat directly to the body. Instead, the waves generated by the machine allow the body to generate heat from within the targeted tissue. Diathermy equipment is used to treat several conditions such as chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, bursitis, muscle spasms, and increasing blood flow. Diathermy is widely used in surgical procedures to reduce muscle pain and to speed up recovery.
Global Diathermy Equipment Market: Drivers
The diathermy equipment market size is expected to witness significant growth, owing to increasing prevalence of arthritis and other muscle related disorders and high demand for diathermy treatment. Diathermy treatment for arthritis is very effective and efficient. According to National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from 2013 to 2015, around 54.4 million U.S. adults (22.7%) were diagnosed with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or fibromyalgia.
Diathermy is an integral part of several modern surgical procedures, which directly contribute to diathermy equipment market revenue. Diathermy equipment are widely used in surgeries for electrosurgical cutting, coagulation, fulguration, and desiccation. According to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), around 80% of surgical procedures involve the use of diathermy equipment to apply energy to tissues.
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Global Diathermy Equipment Market: Restraints
Lack of adequate knowledge and training about diathermy equipment is one of the major restraining factors for diathermy equipment market growth. According to NCBI 2016 report, in Ireland, 57% of surgeons lack adequate knowledge and awareness in managing diathermy equipment.
Diathermy equipment generate heat with the help of high-frequency short wave electric currents using electrodes. Several cases of surgical burns and fire were reported while using these equipment leading to burns and certain injuries when the heat limit is exceeded. According to U.S. Food and drug Administration (FDA), the heat produced by diathermy equipment in tissue should be a minimum of 104 degree F to a maximum of 114 degree F at a depth of two inches in not more than 20 minutes. According to NCBI, as reported in 2017, around 500 to 600 surgical fires occur annually in the U.S., owing to lack of proper training in equipment handling.
Global Diathermy Equipment Market: Regional Analysis
North America is expected to hold dominant position in the global diathermy equipment market over the forecast period due to increasing incidences of musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, tenosynovitis, and tendonitis. According to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) March 2016 estimates, around 126.6 million people in the U.S. are suffering from musculoskeletal disorders.
Asia Pacific is expected to witness significant growth in the market, owing to presence of key manufacturers and vendors of diathermy equipment in the region. Majority of market players in the diathermy equipment market such as Zhejiang Jinhua Huatong Medical Appliance Co., Beijing Greenland Science & Technology Developments, Physio International, Medcorpindia, and Micro Electronics Medicines belong to Japan, India, South Korea, and Singapore.
Key players operating in the global diathermy equipment market include, Physio International, Zhejiang Jinhua Huatong Medical Appliance Co., Pioneer Health Care, Schiller Healthcare India, Medcorpindia, Tri Tech, Micro Electronics Medicines, United Medical Appliances, Nanjing Fuzhong Medical High-Tech. Co., Beijing Greenland Science & Technology Developments, Life Care Systems, Sunshine Medical Equipment, Sometech Inc., and Spark Meditech.
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