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Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, otherwise known as bed sores, are often an unfortunate side effect of immobility, from paralysis or from spending extended periods of time in bed or in a wheelchair, as in during short-term or long-term rehabilitation from a surgery or other condition.  The most important component of healing pressure ulcers is removing the pressure from the wound, and this can be accomplished with frequent changes in position along with specialized mattresses, cushions, orthotic-style boots, or other devices that can be custom made to meet individual needs.  In addition to taking the pressure OFF, pressure ulcers are successfully treated with in-office surgical or enzymatic debridement (to remove dead tissue from the wound), advanced topical dressings, nutritional supplementation when appropriate, and infection control.