Sure, I could have easily gone to Dr. Frankenstein for this one….but I thought I’d let my favorite little scientist teach me a little more about wound care:
So, did you know you could use electricity to help heal wounds?! True Facts!
Basically, intact skin has a current (due to the Sodium Ion Pump) of ~ -23mV which get interrupted when your skin is damaged. Acute wounds short circuit this current and chronic wounds basically have no current.
What do we do then? Well, add a little science of course.
Electrical stimulation can mimic the natural current of an injury helping it to heal….it has lots of positive effects and doesn’t really even hurt (just tingles a little)
However, before you go plugging in your bo bo …as your friendly neighborhood physical therapist all about it.
Now some review for my friendly neighborhood classmates:
Therapeutic dose = 240 – 500 ucoulombs
75 – 150 V, 100 pps, 45-60 minutes 5 – 7 days/week
Negative polarity if: granulating and decreasing exudate OR if healing stalls
Positive: when healing is not progressing and until healing stalls