Physical modalities have been used in the attempt to encourage wound healing for centuries. Passive compression modalities are popular for the treatment of venous stasis ulcers and many of the passive compression products have their roots in traditional practices (paste bandages). Passive compression addresses the underlying etiology of chronic venous insufficiency. Alternatively there is also a market for devices designed to remove pressure from wounds that have been caused by extended pressure on the skin surface.
There are also a great number of devices that are designed to immobilize limbs to avoid weight bearing behavior, and sophisticated footwear and devices for diagnosing neuropathy.
In addition, devices exist to manipulate pressure around limbs to maintain and improve venous blood flow. There are devices designed to accelerate healing through using physical treatments that can be segmented into ultrasound, electrical, magnetic, pressure relief, hyperbaric, and other miscellaneous treatments.
Due to the capital equipment nature of physical treatments for wound management, and that there are many different types of systems used in this area, the physical treatments segment of the market is the largest. Further, as a result of the rapid adoption of these systems in attempts to better manage wounds, the physical treatments segment is also among the fastest growing areas of the wound management market.
Selected Manufacturers of Physical Wound Treatments by Type
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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S247, "Worldwide Wound Management Market."