A current affair: electrotherapy in wound healing.

Author: Hunckler J1, de Mel A1
1UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University College London, London, UK.
Conference/Journal: J Multidiscip Healthc.
Date published: 2017 Apr 20
Other: Volume ID: 10 , Pages: 179-194 , Special Notes: doi: 10.2147/JMDH.S127207. eCollection 2017. , Word Count: 139

New developments in accelerating wound healing can have immense beneficial socioeconomic impact. The wound healing process is a highly orchestrated series of mechanisms where a multitude of cells and biological cascades are involved. The skin battery and current of injury mechanisms have become topics of interest for their influence in chronic wounds. Electrostimulation therapy of wounds has shown to be a promising treatment option with no-device-related adverse effects. This review presents an overview of the understanding and use of applied electrical current in various aspects of wound healing. Rapid clinical translation of the evolving understanding of biomolecular mechanisms underlying the effects of electrical simulation on wound healing would positively impact upon enhancing patient's quality of life.

KEYWORDS: acute wound; bioelectric current; bioelectric medicine; chronic wound; electrical stimulation; electrotherapy; exogenous current; infection; wound healing

PMID: 28461755 PMCID: PMC5404801 DOI: 10.2147/JMDH.S127207