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Electric stimulation in the treatment of chronic wounds

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Electric stimulation in the treatment of chronic wounds

Keith Cutting
1 March 2006

Rarely are developments in wound management completely new; more often they revisit a woundhealing therapy that has not been fully explored. One such concept is that of electric stimulation or ‘E-stim’. The development of E-stim as a therapy is more commonly thought of in relation to relief of pain, i.e. transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury. However, the potential benefits of E-stim on the healing of chronic wounds need to be further explored. This article will review the use of E-stim in chronic wound management.

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