4. de Araujo T, Valencia I, Federman DG, Kirsner RS. Volume 59 - Issue 8 - August 2013 ISSN 1943-2720. Valencia IC, Falabella A, Kirsner RS, Eaglstein WH. No statistically significant difference was found between groups in the proportion of patients with ulcers healed at 12 months (72 out of 168 in ultrasound versus 78 out of 169 standard care, Fisher’s exact test, P = 0.3854) nor in the change in ulcer area at 4 weeks. In 2008, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) was introduced as an aesthetic treatment to tighten, reduce wrinkles, and lift the skin on the face and neck. Kavros SJ, Schenck EC. Mean pain scores decreased from 8.07 ± 1.91 pretreatment to 1.67 ± 1.76 post-treatment (P = 0.0003). 2008;54(1):57–60. Humans are not alone in their ability to detect a wide range of frequencies. 9. Kavros SJ, Liedl DA, Boon AJ, et al. {"url":"/signup-modal-props.json?lang=us\u0026email="}. It is a non-invasive treatment used to lift and tighten loose skin on areas such as the eyebrows, jawline, neck and jowls, as well as improving wrinkles. For example, 30 Hz (low frequency) has a wavelength of 10,000 km (over 6,000 miles) while 300 GHz (high frequency) is just 1 mm. Use of noncontact low-frequency ultrasound in the treatment of Neurology India. 2008;35(6):579–583. 2.Wavelength is used to measure the length of sound waves while frequency is used to measure the recurrence of sound waves. Also, sharp debridement was performed twice weekly by a trained nurse and physician using surgical instruments, including scalpel, scissors, and curette if necessary (according to a decision as to whether necrotic tissue should be left in situ). Ultrasound was applied for 5–10 minutes to the skin surrounding the reference ulcer using a water-based contact gel recommended by the manufacturer. Reflected sound waves allow a dolphin to form an image of the object that reflected the waves. Wound Repair Regen. Standard wound care. Objective. Initial wound measurements were 9.60 cm2 (SD 5.54), 9.86 cm2 (SD 3.95), and 10.01 cm2 (SD 4.58) for the standard treatment, HFU, and NCLFU groups, respectively; after 4 months, measurements were 4.28 cm2 (SD 2.80), 3.23 cm2 (SD 2.39), and 2.72 cm2 (SD 2.16), a statically significant difference (P = 0.04). 1978;4(4):343–351. DeLee & Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice, 2nd ed. 2008;17:77–83. Trent JT, Falabella A, Eaglstein WH, Kirsner RS. Thus, conclusions cannot be drawn about the incremental benefit of NCLFU treatment over optimal wound care alone. On the one hand, high frequency ultrasound is suitable for a detailed search, although it cannot be used for search in deep water. A wound assessment only was completed after 1 month, and all variables were assessed at the start of the study and after 2 and 4 months of treatment. 2005;44(6):449–456. Ostomy Wound Manage. At the 4-month follow-up, the number of patients with decreased edema was significantly higher in the HFU and NCLFU group compared to the standard treatment group (P = 0.00; see Table 3). Low Frequency Ultrasound and Noncontact Normothermic Wound Therapy 14. Arch Med Sci. (Remember that all waves in the same medium travel at the same speed). For NCLFU, treatment time per session is dependent on the total ulcer area. Student’s t-test, ANOVA, chi-square, or Fisher’s exact test were used to test for statistical significance in differences between outcomes. Bolton L, McNees P, van Rijswijk L, de Leon J, Lyder C, Kobza L, et al. For example, gamma waves have high frequency and high penetrating power: intuitively I imagined this as attacking a target rapidly in quick succession and managing to get through. Another open-label, nonrandomized, baseline-controlled clinical case series study analysis (N = 51) by Kavros et al36 indicated healing time reductions (9.8 ± 5.5 weeks versus 5.5 ± 2.8 weeks [P <0.0001]) and wound volume percent improvement (37.3% ± 18.6% versus 94.9% ± 9.8% [P <0.0001]) when NCLFU therapy was compared to the clinic’s standard care. High frequency sound with a frequency over 16 kHz can hardly be heard, but it is not completely inaudible. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. Venous ulcers. Aust NZ J Surg. Outcomes of both methods of ultrasound therapy were better than standard care alone, and some differences between the two ultrasound therapy groups were observed, but they were not statistically significant. 2007;53(3):44–50. Int J Dermatol. A pilot study evaluating non-contact low-frequency ultrasound and underlying molecular mechanism on diabetic foot ulcers. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Low Frequency Ultrasound Therapy for Wound Management Page 4 of 5 12. The literature indicates that the recurrence rate of this disorder is 70%, the majority reoccur within 3 months of healing,2 and that VLUs occur most frequently in women and the elderly.3, Although the mechanisms that initiate and maintain VLUs remain uncertain, venous hypertension is associated with venous occlusion and insufficient veins or dysfunctional valves.4-7 A growing number of therapeutic approaches is available, but controversy about timing and duration of therapy persists. Dolphins can produce sound waves with frequencies ranging from 0.25 kHz to 220 kHz, but only those at the upper end of this spectrum are used in echolocation. Driver VR, Yao M, Miller CJ. Baronski S, Ayello EA. 2001;44(3):401–421. Ultrasound is short waves with low energy. This device delivers high-intensity (0.5–1 W/cm2), high-frequency (1–3 MHz) ultrasound. Kibler WB, Duerler K. Electrical stimulation and application of heat. Background/aims: B-scan ultrasonography is an invaluable, versatile, non-invasive tool in ophthalmology. A multicenter, pragmatic, parallel, two-armed, randomized controlled trial16 to compare the clinical effectiveness of low-dose ultrasound delivered in conjunction with standard care against standard care alone in the treatment of hard-to-heal venous ulcers found no statistically significant difference in the time to healing of the reference leg ulcer between the two groups (log-rank statistic 0.2544, P = 0.6140). The exact frequency of either of those treatments will depend on the type of device used and your skin conditions such as its current elasticity or your genetic heritage. Ethical approval. Electrical stimulation therapy increases rate of healing of pressure ulcers in community-dwelling people with spinal cord injury. The study protocol at the authors’ facility is to treat wounds up to 4 cm2 with 4 minutes of NCLFU therapy; ulcers 10 cm2 in area received 10 minutes of ultrasound. 2011;7(2):224–229. 2006;19(8):437–446. 22. High-frequency and Noncontact Low-frequency Ultrasound Therapy for Venous Leg Ulcer Treatment: A Randomized, Controlled Study. HIFU waves can penetrate up to 5mm deep —deeper than radio frequency and laser—reaching the second layer … But the penetrating ability is also a feature of low frequency waves - the usual telecommunications spectrum. When a wavelength is really short (such as the frequencies at the higher end of the spectrum), the waveform is so tiny that it can become easily distorted. 16. J Vasc Surg. NCLFU therapy was applied with a Celleration MIST Therapy™ System 5.1 (Celleration, Inc, Eden Prairie, MN). High frequency sound is sound of which the frequency lies between 8 and 20 kHz. The manufacturer’s treatment algorithm for the NCLFU system covers ulcer areas from <10 cm2 to 180 cm2, with treatment times ranging from 3–20 minutes. Recently, a “high frequency” contact 20 MHz probe has been introduced. The audible sound spectrum for human beings is generally from 20 to 20,000 Hz. The image on the left was generated with a high frequency (9MHz) linear array transducer, while the image on the right was taken with a low frequency (4MHz) curved array transducer. Data were analyzed using Student’s t-test, ANOVA, chi-square, or Fisher’s exact test. However, wounds in the standard treatment group took an average of 2 months longer to heal than those in the ultrasound groups. Ninety (90) outpatients (47 men, 43 women, average age 38.3 [SD 11.5] years) were randomized into the standard care (n = 30), HFU (n = 30), or NCLFU group (n = 30). The take-away point is that low frequency sources create long wavelength waves and high frequency sources create short wavelengths. 14. Earthquakes have very low frequencies; ultrasound waves have very high frequencies. Suissa D, Danino A, Nikolis A. Negative-pressure therapy versus standard wound care: a meta-analysis of randomized trials. Kavros SJ, Miller JL, Hanna SW. The results show wound healing was faster in ultrasound groups in comparison with standard treatment alone; ulcer size, mean degree of pain, and edema decreased more in the ultrasound than in the control groups. Cart based or mobile ultrasound systems are more commonly used for hospital use. 6. Shorten the time delay between pulses, and the wavelength gets shorter. 2003;138(4):326–334. HFU therapy. Patients who were eligible to participate were randomized to the standard treatment group, HFU group, or NCLFU group following a centralized randomization schedule using sealed opaque envelopes containing computer-generated random numbers. Wound size, wound pain, and lower leg edema were assessed at baseline and after 2 and 4 months. Due to this ultrasound cannot travel for long distances or through objects, they are easily attenuated. HMP. Watson JM, Kang’ombe AR, Soares MO, Chuang LH, Worthy G, Bland JM, et al. It operates at a markedly lower frequency (40 kHz) and was approved for use in the wound care setting by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 as a Class II device and received marketing clearance (K050129).23 Low-frequency ultrasound has been shown in vitro24 to mainly provide mechanical debridement; in noncomparative clinical outcomes trial,25 low-frequency ultrasound was found to have the potential to improve wound healing via the production, vibration, and movement of micron-sized bubbles in the coupling medium and tissue, which prepares the wound bed for healing by reducing bioburden, enhancing angiogenesis, assisting in debridement of necrotic and devitalized tissues, and stimulating cellular activity.26 According to an in vitro study,27 NCLFU therapy in the initial inflammatory stage also may promote tissue repair, with few adverse effects noted.28. HFU delivers high-intensity (0.5–1 W/cm 2), high-frequency (1–3 MHz) ultrasound for 5 to 10 minutes; and NCLFU delivers low-intensity (0.1–0.8 W/cm 2), low-frequency (40 kHz) ultrasound for 4–10 minutes. Deeper structures such as liver and kidney are imaged at a lower frequency 1–6 MHz with lower axial and … All groups received standard wound care three times per week for 3 months or until healing. Dr. Olyaie is a resident in Radiology, Dr. Rad is an Assistant Professor of Pathology, Dr. Elahifar is an Assistant Professor of Radiology, Dr. Garkaz is a resident in Radiology, and Dr. Mahsa is a cardiologist, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran. 38. Patients. Unlike its low frequency precursor, micro-ultrasound struggles with the phenomena of signal loss deep in the anterior, especially with larger prostates. The result is pulses that are spaced far apart- a long wavelength. Therapeutic approaches. Kavros SJ, Liedl DA, Boon AJ, et al. Stücker M, Reich S, Robak-Pawelczyk B, Moll C, Rudolph T, Altmeyer PJ, et al. Superficial structures such as muscle, tendon, testis, breast, thyroid and parathyroid glands, and the neonatal brain are imaged at a higher frequency (7–18 MHz), which provides better linear (axial) and horizontal (lateral) resolution. Franco de Oliveira R, Pires Oliveira DA, Soares CP. 27. At this visit, the mean pain scores in the standard treatment, HFU, and NCLFU groups were 5.10 (SD 1.88), 3.96 (SD 2.88), and 3.26 (SD 3.06) respectively (P = 0.02; see Table 4). 3.Wavelength can be determined … Point-of-care ultrasound beginners should start with impactful procedures that are easy to perform, simple to interpret, and relatively low liability for both patient and physician. Ultrasound is usually considered as the frequency ranges over 20 kHz. Measurement of the healing of venous ulcers. The applicator contains a valve that controls the flow of saline to the transducer surface. Searchable area is determined by the frequency of the ultrasound used. These results are supported by other research. 2012;11:CD000265. 5. In: DeLee J, Drez D, Miller MD. Among these are 2 forms of ultrasound treatment: high-frequency (HF) ultrasound and noncontact (NC) low- frequency (LF) ultrasound. 2007;97(2):95–101. As such, the specialized protocol is designed to grade the 70%-80% of cancer that is located in the peripheral zone. Interrelationship between searchable angle and frequency of ultrasound. 2008 Sep;21(9):416-23. The ultrasound transducer head was sterilized with alcohol wipes. Although ulcers in the noncontact ultrasound therapy group had a slightly better response to treatment than those in the high-frequency group, the differences were not statistically significant. Ann Intern Med. In: Cameron MH. The following frequencies are a guide to frequencies typically used for ultrasound examination: ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads, Please Note: You can also scroll through stacks with your mouse wheel or the keyboard arrow keys. Ultrasound at low frequencies such as 10 MHz penetrates deeper into materials than ultrasound at higher frequencies, but the spatial resolution of the acoustic image is less. Ostomy Wound Manage. Changes in venous refilling time from childhood to adulthood in subjects with apparently normal veins. In general, treatment time increases as total ulcer area increases. 3. So in terms of aesthetic facial rejuvenation, RF has been around much longer. High frequency sound with a frequency over 16 kHz can hardly be heard, but it is not completely inaudible. 2005;51(8):24–39. Edema at first clinic visit ranged from 1+ to 4+ in all groups: 10 patients in the standard treatment group, 12 patients in the HFU group, and nine patients in the NCLFU group had 1+ plus edema; seven patients in the standard treatment group, three patients in the HFU group, and eight patients in the NCLFU group had 4+. The authors concluded the proportion of wounds healed in the active ultrasound therapy device group was significantly higher than in the control group (40.7 % versus 14.3 %, P = 0.0366, Fisher’s exact test). The medical field has created many applications of ultrasound. 1995;4(2):57–61. In figure A, a 5 MHz transducer generates ultrasound waves that travel 0.3 mm per cycle (wavelength = 0.3 mm = speed of sound / frequency = 1,540 m/sec divided by 5 x 106 cycles/sec). Mean ulcer size at the first clinic visit was 9.60 cm2 (SD 5.54) in the standard, 9.86 cm2 (SD 3.95) in the HFU, and 10.01 cm2 (SD 4.58) in the NCFLU group. 13. It is a non-invasive treatment used to lift and tighten loose skin on areas such as the eyebrows, jawline, neck and jowls, as well as improving wrinkles. Noncontact low-frequency ultrasound therapy in the treatment of chronic wounds: a meta-analysis. 13. 2012;24(7):190–194. 11. In figure A, a 5 MHz transducer generates ultrasound waves that travel 0.3 mm per cycle (wavelength = 0.3 mm = speed of sound / frequency = 1,540 m/sec divided by 5 x 106 cycles/sec). ADVERTISEMENT: Radiopaedia is free thanks to our supporters and advertisers. 2005;51(5):38–56. Unable to process the form. Please address correspondence to: Azadeh Garkaz, MD, Department of Radiology, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran; email:garkaz13025@gmail.com. Although current results confirm the efficacy of ultrasound in VLU treatment, numerous studies published in recent years reported conflicting results regarding the effectiveness of ultrasound. With current increases in longevity, including among persons with various wound types, VLUs are expected to place a great burden on healthcare systems.29 Controlling the previously described conditions and reining in costs of care will require the identification of accurate and appropriate strategies. In groups where participants received standard wound care plus ultrasound, HFU therapy or NCLFU therapy was administered to wounds three times per week for 3 months or until healing was achieved as noted by the physician and expert nurse. Check for errors and try again. Also, because patients may be treated in multiple centers or settings, provision of care may be inadequate, costly, and inefficient due to problems with collection of detailed medical records, communication between therapeutic centers, and assessment of ultimate care outcomes and wound healing rates.8. The exact frequency of either of those treatments will depend on the type of device used and your skin conditions such as its current elasticity or your genetic heritage. 2011 Jul-Aug;19(4):475-80. All Rights Reserved. HFU delivers high-intensity (0.5–1 W/cm2), high-frequency (1–3 MHz) ultrasound for 5 to 10 minutes; and NCLFU delivers low-intensity (0.1–0.8 W/cm2), low-frequency (40 kHz) ultrasound for 4–10 minutes. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of wounds were healed during a median of 7 weeks when NCLFU was used as a stand-alone therapy. Busse JW, Bhandari M, Kulkarni AV, Tunks E. The effect of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound therapy on time to fracture healing: a meta-analysis. Ultherapy Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue under the surface of the skin, triggering the natural production of collagen. 2006;3(1):11-21. In 2008, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) was introduced as an aesthetic treatment to tighten, reduce wrinkles, and lift the skin on the face and neck. Technology Evaluation Center (TEC).Electrical stimulation or electromagnetic therapy as adjunctive treatments for chronic skin wounds. Low Frequency Ultrasound Therapy for Wound Management Page 4 of 5 12. After 4 months of treatment, the average ulcer sizes were 4.28 cm2 (SD 2.80), 3.23 cm2 (SD 2.39), and 2.72 cm2 (SD 2.16) cm2 in the standard, HFU, and NCFLU groups respectively (P = 0.04, see Table 2). 2002;166(4):437–441. Low-frequency, noncontact, nonthermal ultrasound therapy: a review of the literature. 26. 2005;41(2):296–302. Unger PG. 18. All types of Doppler ultrasound equipment employ filters to cut out the high amplitude, low-frequency Doppler signals resulting from tissue movement, for instance due to vessel wall motion. Given a fixed propagation distance, attenuation affects high frequency ultrasound waves to a greater degree than lower frequency waves. Patients were enrolled if they had a wound duration >4 weeks and no clinical improvement after using the clinic’s standard care for healing during a 2-week period. Dolphin echolocation is similar to ultrasound. While use of low frequency beams (50 kHz) facilitates a search of wider area, use of high frequency beams (200 kHz) allows the operator to narrow down the search area to detect the more precise location of a fish school. The upper frequency limit in humans (approximately 20 kHz) is due to limitations of the middle ear. 2 Thoughts to “Improving outcomes with noncontact low-frequency ultrasound” Lori Sorrentino. Filter frequency can usually be altered by the user, for example, to exclude frequencies below 50, 100 or 200 Hz. Vowden KR, Vowden P. Preventing venous ulcer recurrence: a review. 28. For example, gamma waves have high frequency and high penetrating power: intuitively I imagined this as attacking a target rapidly in quick succession and managing to get through. 36. … 2. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of HFU and NCLFU therapy compared to standard care in patients with VLUs. Humans. Phelebology. Effect of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound on l929 fibroblasts. 2011;128(5):498e–503e. hard ultrasound = low frequency and high power used for destruction of tartar/calculus in dental practices; soft ultrasound = high frequency at very low power used in the case of Mira-Teeth; Ultrasound in medicine. Sound waves with frequency over the human audible frequency range are called ultrasound. 2011 Jul-Aug;19(4):475-80. September 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm . Medical ultrasound transducers contain more than one operating frequency. Humans are not alone in their ability to detect a wide range of frequencies. Patients were followed for an average of 7.5 (SD 1.80) months. The small sample size of this study limits ability to draw firm conclusions, especially with respect to potential differences between the two methods of ultrasound therapy, because the difference in healing rates between these groups was smaller than those between standard care and the intervention groups. However, high-frequency waves are more attenuated than lower frequency waves for a given distance; thus, they are suitable for imaging mainly superficial structures (2-3cm from skin). Wounds is a trademark of HMP. This explains why high frequencies are used for the superficial body structures and low frequencies are used for those that are deeper. Stacey MC, Burnand KG, Layer GT, Pattison M, Browse NL. Brosseau L, Casimiro L, Robinson V, Milne S, Shea B, Judd M, et al. But the penetrating ability is also a feature of low frequency waves - the usual telecommunications spectrum. Olyaie M, Rad FS, Elahifar MA, et al. Dolphins can produce sound waves with frequencies ranging from 0.25 kHz to 220 kHz, but only those at the upper end of this spectrum are used in echolocation. Any sound with a frequency below the audible range of hearing (i.e., less than 20 Hz) is known as an infrasound and any sound with a frequency above the audible range of hearing (i.e., more than 20 000 Hz) is known as an ultrasound. *Fourth, using ultrasound energy in cosmetic procedures is a relatively new practice. Patients were excluded based on the following criteria: pregnancy, allergy to ultrasound contact gel, the presence of known ultrasound contraindications (ankle or knee prosthesis or metal in the lower leg; suspected or confirmed local cancer or metastatic disease and neuropathy; or clinical evidence of infection including suspicious thrombophlebitis, active cellulitis), and a history of antibiotic therapy at the time of enrollment. The current data analysis does not show any significant differences between NCLFU and HFU therapy, although both techniques produce significantly different outcomes when compared with standard VLU treatment. Persons with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or peripheral arterial disease as indicated by an ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) <0.8 confirmed by Doppler ultrasound and signs of arterial disease such as ulcers with a “punched out” appearance base of wound poorly perfused, pale, dry, and cold legs/feet (in a warm environment), shiny, taut skin dependent rubor, pale or blue feet, and gangrenous toes also were excluded. Technol Eval Cent Asses Program Exec Summ. Ultimately, 90 patients with VLUs (47 men and 43 women, age 38.3 [SD 11.5] years) provided informed consent and participated in the study. A significantly higher percentage of patients receiving NCLFU treatment achieved >50% wound healing at 12 weeks than those treated with the standard of care alone (63% versus 29%; P <0.001). The amplitude and intensity of ultrasound waves decrease as they travel through tissue, a phenomenon known as attenuation.Given a fixed propagation distance, attenuation affects high frequency ultrasound waves to a greater degree than lower frequency waves. More comprehensive studies with a greater number of patients need to be conducted in Iran and elsewhere. Brodovicz KG, McNaughton K, Uemura N, Meininger G, Girman CJ, Yale SH. Due to this ultrasound cannot travel for long distances or through objects, they are easily attenuated. Reflected sound waves allow a dolphin to form an image of the object that reflected the waves. On the other hand, ultrasound at very high frequencies do not penetrate deeply, but provide acoustic images having very high resolution. In: Baronski S, Ayello EA, Mclntosh A,Galvan L, Scarborough P. Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles, 2nd ed. Current management of venous ulcers: an evidence-based review. 2009;57(5):622–626. Ostomy Wound Manage. While use of low frequency beams (50 kHz) facilitates a search of wider area, use of high frequency beams (200 kHz) allows the operator to narrow down the search area to detect the more precise location of a fish school. High-frequency and noncontact low-frequency ultrasound therapy for venous leg ulcer treatment: a randomized, controlled study. The high-frequency ultrasound had a significantly higher positive rate of detecting nodules than the low-frequency ultrasound (61.67% vs. 27.31%; χ2=49.96, P<0.01), and the positive rates were positively correlated with liver fibrosis stage (low-frequency: r=0.5437; high-frequency: r=0.3021). 32. Low Frequency Ultrasound Therapy for Wound Management 13. 2001;92(1-2):173–186. dependence of magnetization (proton density, field strength and temperature), effect of gradient strength and bandwidth on slice thickness, longitudinal and transverse magnetization, molecular tumbling rate effects on T1 and T2. After 4 months, eight patients in the standard treatment group, 24 patients in the HFU group, and 22 patients in the NCLFU group had 1+ edema and five patients in the standard treatment group, one patient in the HFU group, and four patients in NCLFU group had 4+ edema. Ennis WJ, Valdes W, Gainer M, Meneses P. Evaluation of clinical effectiveness of MIST ultrasound therapy for the healing of chronic wounds. reported that combined irradiation of low frequency (28 kHz) and high frequency (0.87–1.87 MHz) US waves at high intensity (1–10 W/cm 2) produced a cavitation yield which is increased by a factor of 1.3–3.4 compared to the sum of the yields given separately by single frequency … Adv Skin Wound Care. 25. No previous study compares NCLFU and HFU therapy in VLU treatment. Ramundo J, Gray M. Is ultrasonic mist therapy effective for debriding chronic wounds? Feng et al. High frequency X-Ray machines use high frequency x-ray generators which are better than conventional single-phase generators due to efficient generation and control of high voltage power required to drive the x-ray tube. Kavros SJ, Liedl DA, Boon AJ, et al. Several treatment options can be employed as adjuvant to compression, including systemic therapy with pentoxifylline or aspirin, moisture-retentive dressings, autologous grafts, tissue-engineered skin, growth factor therapy, and/or vein surgery.10 Additionally, some clinical trial study11-16 of electrical stimulation, pulsed electromagnetic induction, negative pressure wound therapy, and high-frequency, pulsed-current ultrasound showed these noninvasive treatment options may facilitate chronic wound healing and can be used to stimulate normal physiological responses to injury to aid repair. Sound waves with frequency over the human audible frequency range are called ultrasound. Wound pain decreased significantly in ultrasound-treated groups in comparison with standard treatment alone. In a randomized, controlled, double-blinded study, Ennis et al34 examined the effectiveness of NCLFU therapy for the healing of recalcitrant diabetic foot ulcers in 55 patients after 12 weeks of care. 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