Title: The Role of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Chronic Ulcers Treatment
Authors: Raoul Saggini, A Saggini, Sm Carmignano, T Palermo, G Barassi, Mg Onesti, Rg Bellomo and N Scuderi
Chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, can greatly impact a person’s quality of life. A study investigated the effectiveness of two different approaches to administering extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) in chronic ulcers. The study involved 84 patients with chronic ulcers, divided into groups based on the presence or absence of associated lymphedema. Patients receiving ESWT in two weekly sessions experienced a significant reduction in the wound area and pain compared to those receiving ESWT in a single session. Additionally, patients with lymphedema experienced a reduction in limb circumference. ESWT was found to promote angiogenesis, increase the expression of growth factors, and improve tissue regeneration.
These findings suggest that ESWT can effectively accelerate the healing process in chronic wounds, particularly when administered in multiple sessions per week. However, further research with larger sample sizes is needed to confirm these results and explore the potential of ESWT as a standard treatment option. This study highlights the promising role of shockwave therapy in improving the outcomes of chronic wound healing, offering new hope for individuals suffering from these debilitating conditions.
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