A comparative study of the effect of ultrasound and electrostimulation on wound healing in rats

Plast Reconstr Surg. 1997 Sep;100(4):966-72. doi: 10.1097/00006534-199709001-00020.


A comparative study has been carried out to investigate the effects of electrical stimulation and ultrasound on wound healing. Eighty-four female rats were divided into four groups depending on the treatment received. The first group was given electrical stimulation of 300 microA direct current, 30 minutes daily, starting with negative polarity and then changed after 3 days of treatment. Group 2 received sham electrostimulation treatment. The third group received 0.1 W/cm2 pulsed ultrasound using the moving applicator technique for 5 minutes a day. Group 4 received sham ultrasound treatment. A total of 7 days of treatment was given to all groups. Histopathologic and biochemical analyses on the fourth and seventh days and wound breaking strength on the twenty-fifth day were performed for all groups. By accelerating the inflammatory phase, electrical stimulation had progressed the proliferative phase of wound healing earlier than ultrasound had done. Both electrical stimulation and ultrasound have positive effects on proliferative phases, but electrical stimulation was superior to ultrasound at the maturation phase. There was no difference between the two experimental groups on the mast cell reduction effect. Although ultrasound treatment may seem to be efficient in terms of time, when the effects of electrical stimulation and ultrasound on wound healing with the methods employed in our study are considered, it is concluded that electrical stimulation is a means of treatment superior to ultrasound in wound healing.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dermatologic Surgical Procedures
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy*
  • Female
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena
  • Tensile Strength
  • Time Factors
  • Ultrasonic Therapy*
  • Wound Healing / physiology*