Healing the Hurt
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Healing the Hurt

Are you suffering from a wound that won’t heal? Well, you’re not alone.

Each year, roughly six million Americans suffer from problem wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and other conditions. Treating these wounds costs an estimated $5-10 billion each year with additional costs to patients including lost productivity.

A wound that has been present for more than six weeks is considered a chronic wound and may need special treatment. Here’s a list of just some conditions that may require advanced wound care treatment:

  • Diabetic Wounds
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Bone Infections
  • Radiation Tissue Damage
  • Slow-Healing Wounds
  • Mandibular Osteoradionecrosis
  • Crush Injuries
  • Compromised or Failed Flaps
  • Wounds Caused by Poor Circulation (Arterial Insufficiency)

Many of these slow healing wounds can be treated painlessly with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, which involves breathing pure oxygen in a clear chamber where the air pressure is raised up to three times higher than normal air pressure.

Under these conditions, your lungs can gather up to three times more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body, stimulating the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.

For more information about Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, contact visit Wound Care Services on the web.

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