Wounds can be healed three times faster by treating them with ultrasound , scientists have found.
Around 200,000 people are treated every year for chronic wounds, particularly bedsores and leg ulcers costing the NHS £3.1billion. The high frequency soundwaves – commonly used to scan pregnant women – have been found to stimulate the body’s natural healing process in wounds. They could be ready to use in the NHS within three to four years.
University of Sheffield scientists found that ultrasound was especially effective at treating diabetics and the elderly.
The researchers said the innovation could help millions of people for whom wounds heal more slowly. There are 11 million over 65s, three million diabetics and 10 million smokers in the UK, all of whom have problems with wound healing.
Source - Daily Mail