Diabetic people take more time to heal, doctors already know that. Well, it seems gone are those days when it took extra time for healing as according to a new research, scientists have found success in reducing the recovery time by a third with the use of low-intensity ultrasound.
According to scientists, the low-intensity ultrasound waves stimulates the skin cell by sending vibrations through the skin which wakes up the wound cell and accelerates the healing or recovery process. In addition, the process also reduces the chance of wound getting infected further and the treatment is especially effective in diabetic and elder people. Also, the treatment does not carry any side effect associated with it.
“Using ultrasound wakes up the cells and stimulates a normal healing process because it is just speeding up the normal processes, and the treatment does not carry the risk of side effects often associated with drug treatments,” said lead author Mark Bass of the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD), University of Sheffield.
Nearly 25 percent diabetic people suffer from skin ulcers that are excruciatingly painful for patients. Foot ulcer being most common among all the ulcers, it causes loss of sensation and in worst case it results in surgical removal of the limb. Bass said that now with the new ultrasound treatment these medical complications can be avoided.
Bass further added that the ultrasound treatment has been found effective in accelerating the healing process, but it can be improved further and currently his team is working on refining the effects of the treatment. Since, it has no side effects, one can easily expect to see it in broad clinical use within three-four years.
The study was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.