Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are wounds caused by prolonged pressure that affect the skin and underlying tissues. They are most often found on skin that covers more bony areas of the body, including the heels, ankles, hips, and tailbone. Pressure ulcers can take hours or days to develop. While many heal on their own, some require medical intervention. At Wound Evolution, our wound care specialists can help recommend a treatment plan to address pressure ulcers and help you find relief. We have four convenient office locations to help ensure wound care is easily accessible. 

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What Is a Pressure Ulcer?

A pressure ulcer is a type of sore caused by pressure against the skin. When there is pressure, blood flow to the tissue is limited.

Blood flow is responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to the tissue. Without these, the skin and surrounding tissues become damaged and can die.

Typically pressure ulcers are found in those with limited mobility who cannot frequently change their position. This is often caused by a medical condition that requires them to spend most of their time in bed or a chair. Friction can also cause pressure ulcers. When the skin rubs against something, it can create friction that leads to injury.

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Symptoms of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers may look similar to other types of wounds or sores. Some of their defining characteristics and symptoms include:

  • Changes in skin color 
  • New skin texture 
  • Swelling
  • Pus-like drainage 
  • Tenderness 
  • Redness 
  • Areas that feel cool or warm to the touch

Pressure ulcers can also vary in their severity. In some cases, they may be somewhat mild with some red and broken skin, while in more severe cases, there can be an injury to the underlying muscle and bone. 

Pressure Ulcer Treatment 

Treatment for a pressure ulcer includes reducing the pressure on the affected area, caring for the wound, reducing pain, and infection prevention. At Wound Evolution, our wound care specialists will instruct you on positioning yourself to prevent future bedsores and what surfaces are best for sitting or laying down. Our staff also provides wound cleaning and dressing services to help ensure that your wound remains infection-free and is properly cleaned. This can also help speed up the recovery process. If your pressure ulcer is more severe, our staff may recommend further treatment.

Diagnosing a Pressure Ulcer

When you visit Wound Evolution for a pressure ulcer, your provider will examine the area, ask you about your lifestyle, and review your medical history. They may be able to make a diagnosis based on the appearance of the sore and information about your lifestyle. In some cases, blood tests may be required to assess your overall health better.

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Schedule Your Appointment

If you are experiencing a pressure ulcer, schedule an appointment at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. We have several convenient office locations throughout Texas and Kansas, each equipped with the latest wound care technology. Contact one of our offices today to schedule your appointment

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