If the long healing time of skin ulcers and bedsores irritate you, then it is time to celebrate as researchers now claim that this period can be reduced by a third with the use of low-intensity ultrasound.
Researchers from the University of Sheffield have discovered that ultrasound transmits a vibration through the skin and wakes up cells in wounds that help to stimulate and accelerate the healing process.
Author of the research Mark Bass said that skin ulcers are excruciatingly painful for patients and in many cases can only be resolved by amputation of the limb.
He added that using ultrasound wakes up the cells and stimulates a normal healing process because it is just speeding up the normal processes, the treatment doesn’t carry the risk of side effects that are often associated with drug treatments.
Talking about the research, Bass added that with this research they have proven the effectiveness of ultrasound as they found that the ultrasound signals they use are effective, but it is possible that by refining the treatment they could improve the effects even further.
The study is published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.