Wound Care

Wound Care

Wound Care services offered in San Diego, La Mesa and Chula Vista, CA

Your body normally takes care of healing everything from minor cuts to broken bones. But an underlying medical condition or severe injury can disrupt the healing process. That’s when you need wound care from the experts at Sage Pain & Wellness Institute. They have extensive experience providing advanced wound care that helps even the most challenging injuries heal, preventing infections and other serious complications. If you have a non-healing wound, call the office in San Diego, La Mesa, or Chula Vista, California, or request an appointment online today.

When do I need wound care?

You need specialized medical care for wounds that are severe, infected, or not healing. Severe wounds often occur during injuries, while an infection can develop any time microorganisms get through your skin, even if you only have a tiny cut. Wounds heal slowly when they don’t get enough blood.

Beyond having a slow-healing wound, you may need medical care for:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Vascular ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical wounds
  • Acute and chronic wounds
  • Traumatic skin tears
  • Lymphedema wounds
  • Autoimmune disease wounds

You could also need wound care if an infection develops after surgery.

What symptoms indicate I need wound care?

Most wounds that need specialized care keep getting larger the longer they go untreated. The skin around the edge of the wound keeps breaking down, allowing it to get wider and/or deeper.

The bigger the wound gets, the easier it is for bacteria and other organisms to cause an infection. The following signs indicate you have an infection needing immediate medical attention:

  • Thick, yellowish drainage
  • Chronic swelling and redness
  • Foul odor
  • Pain that doesn't improve
  • Dark color around the wound's edges
  • Redness or red streaks spreading out from the wound

Infections may cause bodywide symptoms, including a fever, fatigue, nausea, and muscle aches. 

What happens during wound care? 

Your Sage Pain & Wellness Institute provider examines your wound and develops a care plan based on the wound type and severity. The most basic care includes cleaning the wound and applying the appropriate dressing.

However, the team at Sage Pain & Wellness Institute uses many intensive therapies, including:

  • Compression therapy
  • Wound debridement (removing dead tissues)
  • Advanced dressings
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Off-loading to eliminate pressure points
  • Total contact casting

The environment surrounding your wound can support or obstruct healing. With today’s advanced dressings, your provider can choose the one that creates the best environment for your wound. For example, some biologic dressings hold in moisture, while others promote wound cleaning.

Your provider also teaches you how to clean the wound and change dressings at home.

At the first sign of an infected or slow-healing wound, call Sage Pain & Wellness Institute or book an appointment online today.