Chronic and acute wounds are both injuries on the body, but their healing times set them apart. In general, any wound that remains longer than 30 days without improvement is chronic, while any wound that improves or heals in less than 30 days is acute.
CCWC wound care specialists are experts using advanced treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to help heal wounds effectively and efficiently. We do this in our state-of-the-art outpatient clinic to ensure patients have easy access and personalized care.
Some of the most common conditions we treat include:
Since diabetes interrupts the body’s natural healing process, it is common for people with diabetes to develop extreme ulcers on their lower extremities, especially on the feet. Diabetic foot ulcers begin as common cuts, blisters, and scrapes, but they gradually deteriorate into deep wounds with severe infection.
The lives of many cancer patients have been saved by radiation treatment, but the tumor-killing radiation can also damage healthy tissue. When blood vessels are damaged, restricted blood flow can lead to wounds in soft tissue and bone. These injuries can occur months or even years after the radiation treatments were completed.
Surgery can save your life, but unfortunately surgical incisions are vulnerable to bacteria and infection. If your surgical wound fails to undergo the normal healing process, a chronic wound may develop.
Any type of severe trauma or injury to the body, such as an aggressive burn, has the potential to result in damage that can’t be reversed using the body’s natural healing functions. This occurs because major trauma causes prolonged and excessive inflammation, continuous infections, and even drug-resistant bacteria that cripple the normally healthy reparative response of cells and tissues.
Arterial ulcers are chronic wounds that can be easily recognized by their round shape. They are caused by poor circulation through the legs and feet. If you experience pain in the legs after exercising or when your legs are elevated, it could signal an arterial ulcer.
If left untreated, a chronic wound can lead to gangrene, infection, or even an amputation.
Contact us today!
If you have a wound that you are concerned about that doesn’t seem to be healing correctly, please call us to schedule an appointment for an evaluation with one our accredited wound care team of specialists at 805-888-4744, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.