Skin wounds are a common issue that can lead to extended hospital stays, infection, and in severe cases, death. While there have been advancements in devices that aid in wound healing, they primarily address the large-scale aspects, rather than the minute underlying processes.
A recent study provides an overview of the progress in creating new drugs, biological products, and materials specifically for wound healing. This includes both therapies that are currently available, and those that are still in the experimental stage.
Hundreds of New Wound Dressings in Development
According to the latest study, there are hundreds of new wound dressings being tested and developed to treat both fresh and long-standing wounds. These dressings work in different ways and can be used during various stages of wound healing. For example, some help in quickly sealing the wound to stop bleeding, some help in controlling the immune response during the swelling phase, and others act as substitutes for natural materials in the body during the healing and restructuring stages.
The variety of these approaches is promising, as it suggests that healthcare professionals may soon have new methods to improve wound healing. However, despite these advancements, there are still significant challenges in treating both fresh and chronic wounds.
What Causes Wound Healing Disorders?
The body naturally works to fix a wound quickly by creating new tissue. However, sometimes the wound healing process encounters problems, which can lead to chronic pain, difficulty moving, or lasting nerve damage. Normally, wounds heal effectively, but complications arise when the process is disrupted. A wound that hasn’t healed after six weeks is considered chronic.
Insufficient blood flow to the wound area is one issue that can restrict healing. Without proper circulation, the wound edges can decay, or the wound can reopen, allowing germs and bacteria to enter. This can lead to a persistent wound healing disorder such as infections, bruising, excessive scar tissue, wound reopening, and poor blood supply.
Wound Healing Therapies: MBST
MBST therapy uses magnetic resonance, a method where hydrogen nuclei absorb and release energy into nearby tissue. Research indicates that MBST can stimulate connective tissue cells and the substance between cells (ECM). It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relief effects and helps to promote the body’s natural repair mechanisms.
The primary goal of MBST therapy is to improve the wound healing process, as well as boost the healing rate of chronic wounds. It aims to quickly repair damaged tissue, restore the skin’s protective function, and improve scar formation. After surgery, MBST therapy is employed to encourage tissue repair and promote the development of strong, unnoticeable scars that protect against reopening or infection.
The level of pain experienced after surgery often depends on how the incisions are made and how tissues and bones are manipulated. Post-surgical pain is not only uncomfortable, but it can also hinder the normal healing process. MBST therapy intervenes by reducing pain and inflammation through focused energy transfer, to injured or impaired tissues.