Poorly healing wounds affect millions around the world, yet preventive methods and low-cost, effective treatments are few. Wounds heal quickly through well-coordinated phases in those who are healthy and active but can become chronically nonhealing as a result of disease and inactivity. Recently it has been reported that moderate aerobic exercise accelerated healing rates in the aged. High levels of inflammation are known to delay wound healing, and aging and disease are associated with chronically increased inflammation. Therefore, exercise may help speed healing by reducing inflammation to healthier levels not only in the aged, but also in other populations with increased inflammation. Further research is needed to better characterize the anti-inflammatory effects of exercise and specific mechanisms of accelerated wound healing.
Keylock, K Todd and Young, Hilary
"Delayed Wound Healing: Can Exercise Accelerate it?,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 3
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