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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Retracting Scars of the Hands

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Retracting Scars of the Hands

Title: Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy: An Emerging Treatment Modality for Retracting Scars of the Hands

Authors: Raoul Saggini, Andrea Saggini, Anna Maria Spagnoli, Ira Dodaj, Emanuele Cigna, Michele Maruccia, Giuseppe Soda, Rosa Grazia Bellomo, Nicolò Scuderi

Abnormal and prolonged scarring can occur after injuries, burns, or surgeries, leading to functional and aesthetic issues. This study investigated the effectiveness of shockwave therapy, either alone or combined with manual therapy, for retracting scars on the hands. The researchers assessed scar appearance, hand mobility, pain levels, and collected biopsy samples for analysis.

The results showed that patients who received shockwave therapy experienced significant improvements in scar appearance, pain reduction, and increased hand mobility. These positive changes were evident as early as five treatment sessions and continued to improve even after the completion of therapy. Histopathological examination of the biopsy samples revealed increased fibroblast activity, improved blood vessel formation, and enhanced collagen concentration, indicating positive regenerative effects.

This study highlights the potential of shockwave therapy as an emerging treatment modality for retracting scars on the hands. By using unfocused shockwaves, this non-invasive therapy promotes tissue regeneration and helps resolve abnormal scarring. Patients experienced both cosmetic and functional benefits, including improved scar appearance, reduced pain, and enhanced hand mobility.

The findings suggest that shockwave therapy can be a promising alternative to traditional approaches for scar management. Further research is needed to optimize treatment protocols and understand the long-term effects of shockwave therapy on scar tissue. With its positive outcomes and minimal side effects, shockwave therapy offers hope for individuals dealing with troublesome hand scars, providing them with an opportunity for better healing and improved quality of life.

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