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ISSN: 2165-7025

Journal of Novel Physiotherapies
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Does it Need to be New to be Novel?

Daryl Lawson*
Department of Physical Therapy, Elon University, USA
Corresponding Author : Daryl Lawson
Department of Physical Therapy Elon University, USA
Tel: 336-278-6352
E-mail: [email protected]
Received January 24, 2015; Accepted January 26, 2015; Published February 02, 2015
Citation: Lawson D (2015) Does it Need to be New to be Novel?. J Nov Physiother 5:e136. doi: 10.4172/2165-7025.1000e136
Copyright: © 2015 Daryl Lawson. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


One area of my research for the past 9-years has been studying electrical stimulation and healing of chronic wounds [1-9]. The mention of electrical stimulation as a modality is not new, and too many, not novel (or evidence-based). Electrical stimulation has been used as a modality to decrease pain for over 100 years. It was FDA approved by the United States for increasing blood flow. Numerous papers have been published over the past 50 years on electrical stimulation for its ability to decrease pain, facilitate strength, increase blood flow and heal wounds. This modality is not novel anymore, or is it? I believe looking at 3 main areas can help us become an evidence based consumer of a modality so it may become novel in your practice.