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Wound Care

There are many types of wounds that can damage the skin including abrasions, lacerations, rupture injuries, punctures, and penetrating wounds.

The purpose of medical care for wounds is to prevent complications and preserve function. While important, cosmetic results are not the primary consideration for wound repair.

An open wound is an injury involving an external or internal break in body tissue, usually involving the skin. Nearly everyone will experience an open wound at some point in their life. Most open wounds are minor and can be treated at home.
The most common symptoms of a wound are pain, swelling, and bleeding. The amount of pain, swelling, and bleeding of a wound depends upon the location of the injury and the mechanism of injury. Some large lacerations may not hurt very much if they are located in an area that has few nerve endings, while abrasions of fingertips can be very painful.

Although you can treat some wounds at home, you should see a doctor if:

  • an open wound is deeper than 1/2 inch
  • bleeding doesn’t stop with direct pressure
  • bleeding lasts longer than 20 minutes
  • bleeding is the result of a serious accident
X-rays may be taken to look for broken bones (fractures). X-rays may also be helpful in looking for foreign objects that may have been embedded in the laceration. Fluoroscopy done at the bedside may help find foreign bodies that are deeply buried. Ultrasound may also be used to assist in diagnosis of foreign bodies in the wound.
Minor wounds can be treated at home. First, wash and disinfect the wound to remove all dirt and debris. Use direct pressure and elevation to control bleeding and swelling. When wrapping the wound, always use a sterile dressing or bandage. Very minor wounds may heal without a bandage. You’ll need to keep the wound clean and dry for five days. You should also make sure you get plenty of rest. Apply ice if you have bruising or swelling, and avoid picking at scabs.
Accidents happen and most people will sustain a wound regardless of how careful they might be. It is important to remember that when using tools at home or at work, to make certain they are being used in the appropriate manner and the appropriate precautions are taken. Often accidents occur because the person was in a rush, took a shortcut, or was using a tool in a way it wasn’t designed. Protective gear is always appropriate. Wearing proper shoes or boots, wearing a bike helmet, or eye protection regardless of the situation will prevent an injury.
For patients who suffer from either acute or chronic wounds, any delay in healing increases risk to patients’ overall health and quality of life. It also places a significant burden on the healthcare system. Typical wound management protocols can be successful in some cases. However, depending upon wound-specific characteristics, chronicity, and comorbidities, standard protocols leave many other patients with chronic wounds that do not heal. By choosing an energy-first approach and making the UltraMIST System your first-line treatment for advanced wounds, you give your patients a high chance for improvement and ultimately, heal their wounds.
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For our patient’s convenience, we offer foot and ankle treatments for all kinds of conditions such as Wound care in Adrian, MI, Wound care in Ann Arbor, MI, and Wound care in Jackson, MI. We have our own digital x-ray, MRI, Cat-scan, and ultrasound equipment at many of our podiatry clinics. Our on-site podiatric physical therapy clinics allow for constant communication between the physicians and physical therapists, ensuring the most effective therapy and successful recovery for our patients.

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