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Physical Therapy in Wound Healing, Edema, and Urinary Incontinence

Call for Papers

The development of civilization leads to many chronic diseases. Of the health problems specific to frail both young and older people, unhealed chronic wounds (venous and pressure ulcers and diabetic foot), cancer-related lymphedema, and urinary incontinence are the major health disorders, and the establishment and spread of effective treatment methods for the following health problems are a pressing issue. The described disorders are a common and costly problem in nursing home settings, with the prevalence of estimates varying widely from 17 to even 53%.

Care and management can have significant economic consequences. Staff time for ongoing assessment, documentation, and dressing changes and expensive pharmaceuticals drain the available resources. Well-documented, promising, and inexpensive methods for physical therapy are necessary.

We invite investigators to contribute original as well as review articles that will cover both clinical and bench researches. We are interested in physical therapies for wound healing, new modalities to prevent cancer-related lymphedema, and improvement in diagnostics and treatment of urinary incontinence. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Compression therapy
  • Electrical stimulation in venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot
  • Electromagnetic fields and shock wave therapy in acceleration of wound healing process
  • Laser therapy and photomedicine
  • Prevalence, diagnostics, and physical therapy of urinary incontinence
  • Electromyography and biofeedback in rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles
  • New physical methods in lymphedema

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/rehabilitation/ptwh/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 3 January 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 28 March 2014
Publication DateFriday, 23 May 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Jakub Taradaj, Department of Physiotherapy Basics, Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Katowice, Poland

Guest Editors

  • Tomasz Urbanek, Department of General and Vascular Surgery, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
  • Luther Kloth, Department of Physical Therapy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Marco Romanelli, Department of Dermatology, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy