Combination of Wound Treatment and Massage for Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Keywords:Wound treatment, massage therapy, DM, diabetic ulcer
Background: Diabetic ulceris also called diabetic foot ulcers, estimated that 25-50% of cases of diabetic
ulcers are a common reason to be hospitalized, and 1 out of 7 patients with Diabetic Mellitus will be
experienced diabetic ulcers throughout their lifetime. This study aimed to determine the effect of combination
of wound treatment and massage for healing diabetic foot ulcers in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.
Method: Method of this research is a true experimental design. True experimental design, pre-and posttest
with control group. There were two groups in the research, treatment group and control group. The treatment
group received wound treatment and massage while the control group only got wound treatment. The total
number of respondent was 42. A t-test was employed to determine if there is a significant difference between
treatment and control group.
Results: It is resulted that in the first three weeks of the study, there was no differences of wound healing
progress between treatment and control group. The significance difference was in the fourth week (p =
0.013, t= 2.591). The average mean in the treatment group was 8.81 while in the control group was 11.29.
Conclusions: The combination of wound treatment and massage is very effective for healing diabetic ulcer
wounds. It is recommended to apply massage to areas of the extremity that are prone to neuropathy to
prevent complications, especially diabetic ulcers.
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