Chronic Wounds Specialist

Advanced Wound Care

Wound Care Specialists located in Southaven, MS & Senatobia, MS & West Memphis, AR

Our body’s natural healing processes are nothing short of miraculous. However, even these processes can break down sometimes, leading to chronic wounds. When this happens, professional medical wound care will be necessary. The team at Advanced Wound Care in Southaven and Senatobia, Mississippi, and West Memphis, Arkansas, have managed many chronic wounds, giving their patients the supportive care they need to heal. To learn more, use the online feature or call today to schedule your first appointment.

Chronic Wounds Q & A

What is a chronic wound?

Ordinarily, when your skin is wounded your body goes to work immediately repairing the damage. In an amazing coordination of incredibly complex events, your body halts the bleeding and brings extra blood and nutrients to the area to allow the rebuilding of the damaged tissue in the area.

While it can take some time depending on the severity of the wound, your body will heal the wound on its own in most cases.

Unfortunately, this amazing process can be interrupted. When this happens, the healing stops and the wound can become chronic wound. A chronic wound is defined as a wound that doesn’t progress through the normal healing phases and doesn’t show any significant signs of healing after 30 days.

Chronic wounds are quite common, affecting around 5.7 million patients in the United States. If not treated properly, chronic wounds can become a serious problem.

What causes chronic wounds?

Many conditions need to be met in order for the proper healing of a wound to take place. When one or more of these conditions aren’t met, it can interrupt the healing process. Several things that can slow wound healing include:

  • Reduced blood flow
  • Increased bacteria
  • Pressure
  • Senescent cells
  • Aberrant cells
  • Degraded growth factors
  • Improper wound care
  • Degraded cell surface structures

 

Common examples of chronic wounds include:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Pressure ulcer
  • Venous stasis ulcer
  • Lower extremity wounds

 

Every wound should receive proper medical care to ensure proper healing. When the conditions exist for a wound to become chronic, it’s especially important to get professional wound care treatment.

How is a chronic wound treated?

Chronic wound care focuses on creating the necessary conditions for the wound to heal properly. Because the reasons why healing can be interrupted differ from patient to patient, treatment will be different for different wounds.

With diabetic ulcers, for example, treatment focuses on improving nutrition and the health of your veins, while a compression sore is treated by removing the pressure on the affected area.

The team at Advanced Wound care will work with you to determine the best treatment for your situation.

To learn more about chronic wounds and how Advanced Wound Care can help you get the care that you need, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment.