X‑ray therapy – also referred to as low-dose X‑ray radiation – is an effective therapy without side effects for the treatment of chronic pain within the musculoskeletal system. The treatment reduces the activity of chronic inflammation processes and thereby alleviates pain symptoms.
About the appointment
Interesting facts regarding low-dose X‑ray radiation
Main areas of application
X‑ray therapy is especially effective in treating inflammatory or degenerative changes, specifically hand, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, foot and heel pain.
This form of pain therapy is mainly used when other pain therapies, such as physiotherapy, the administration of anti-inflammatory medication or local injections are ineffective in alleviating pain.
Mode of action and positive effects
Low-dose and locally applied X‑ray radiation inhibits inflammation and stimulates blood flow within the affected bodily regions without altering the bone structure, causing additional pain or damaging tissue.
X‑ray therapy does not correct anatomic changes that cause pain, but significantly improves accompanying inflammatory symptoms.
Number of required treatments
A successful treatment requires multiple radiation appointments. Depending on the desired treatment outcome, up to four treatment series may be necessary while a series consists of four individual radiation appointments. An interval of four weeks must be observed between these treatment series.
Onset of action and duration
An effect may already be felt right after initial treatment or up to three weeks after the end of therapy. Sometimes a short-term increase in pain may occur due to increased blood flow to the affected region. This is completely normal and should not give cause for alarm.
Conduct to be observed
The irradiated region must not be exposed to direct sunlight throughout the entire treatment period. Creams and salves that lead to reddening of the skin are to be avoided.
Does the body store X-ray radiation?
The patient is only exposed to X‑ray radiation during administration of the therapy in the examination room. Contact with children following treatment does not pose any risk.
Well-informed in all matters
Procedure for low-dose X-ray therapy
- No special preparations are required for treatment.
- Low-dose X‑ray therapy is pain-free and only takes a few seconds.
- Your X‑ray images and previous findings from earlier radiation therapy appointments (provided by you) are integrated in therapy planning.
- Our specialist physicians will determine the exact dose to be administered, the radiation field and the number of necessary treatments.
- The treatment area must be free of salves and other care products.
- The tube of the X‑ray therapy device is placed onto the area where you are experiencing pain, thereby determining the radiation field.
- You should remain as motionless as possible during radiation treatment (for approx. 20 sec.).
Requirements for low-dose X-ray therapy
- Please bring your e‑card and referral for X‑ray therapy.
- Please also bring previous findings – including received dosage levels – from any earlier low-dose X‑ray therapies.
- X‑ray images of the region to be treated must have been taken within the last three months.
- Please bring an X‑ray therapy referral for the region to be treated if the images are older than three months.
- Any pregnancy as well as tumorous diseases must be excluded.
- Children and adolescents are not treated due to radiation exposure considerations.