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Laser Light Therapy for Wound Care

Laser Light Therapy has been around for 100’s of years. This modality is used to treat many acute, subacute and chronic conditions. Wound care is just one of the many conditions laser Light therapy can be used to help accelerate healing.

Laser Light Therapy is used at a low level of 10 to 15 watts for 3 to 5 min depending on the size of wound. Also, a non-contact laser head is used to avoid burns or contamination. The physiologic benefit of laser light is deep cellular changes, elastin production and increased circulation in the wound bed. The physiological benefit provides a faster healing process resulting in fewer visits, less pain and less money spent.

Many research articles have proven how laser light therapy improves healing time, including Journal of Nursing and International Wound Journal. These articles provide evidence base research.

Our clinic provides low and high laser light therapy for all types of wounds. We also provide same day services for our patients. Our clinic can be reaches at 4052652255 and fax 4052652215.

December 18th, 2023|Categories: Physical Therapy, Wound Care|

Laser Light and Lymphedema.

The lymph system is a network of vessels, tissue, and organs that pull lymph fluid through the body and back into the bloodstream. Lymphedema occurs when there is damage or a blockage to the lymph system allowing the fluid to fill the extremity resulting in increased size, pain and loss of function. The damage or blockage can be from a surgical procedure such as cancer tumor or lymph node removal, radiation to the lymph nodes, trauma such as a car wreck or excessive obesity. from Treatments consist of compression garments, sequential pumps, lymphatic massage and laser light therapy.

Laser light therapy use laser light heat to re-open the flow of the lymphatic system and increase the flow of the lymph fluid. It also increases blood flow to the area. If history of cancer, laser light can be utilized with oncologist approval. This treatment is FDA cleared and provides patients a non-invasive, non-pharmacological alternative.

Source: National Cancer Institute “Lymphedema-Patient Version”.

December 11th, 2023|Categories: Physical Therapy|

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) or Dizziness

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) or dizziness is loose calcium particles in the inner ear. The loose particles create an illusion of vertigo when changing head positions causing dysequilibrium and off balance feeling. BPPV can be very debilitating resulting in dizziness, nausea, vomiting and falls.

Benign Proximal Positional Vertigo can usually be treated and corrected in one to three visits allowing patients complete recovery. Our staff completes an evaluation including inner ear test to determine which ear is affected and your treatment with plan of care is quickly stated.

This picture of a patient with positive BPPV shows just how severe this condition can be. Please call our office at 4052652255 or fax referral 4052652251 for an appointment. Physician referral is not needed.

Debridement

Debridement is a procedure to remove unwanted tissue. Unwanted tissue can be necrotic (dead), proud flesh and / or fatty tissue. There are several types of debridement procedures and they include:

Nonsurgical debridement – using medication and or soft dressings to debride unwanted tissue.

Sharps debridement – using forceps, scissors and / or scalpel to remove unwanted tissue.

Autolytic debridement – dressing that provides non – breathable closure over the wound allowing temperature and moisture to remove unwanted tissue.

Surgical debridement – sedated or non-sedated sharp debridement either superficial or deep tissue.

Debridement type is up to your wound care provider, physician and you. Wound debridement is necessary for wound progression and healing. Each provider is different in the type of debridement used in the healing process. Our team has a consistent approach to choosing debridement type that includes:

  • Pain tolerance
  • Size of the area needing debridement
  • How easy or difficult the unwanted tissue is to remove

Tissue debridement is necessary for all wound progression and healing.

Call our office for an immediate appointment at 405-265-2255. Fax: 265-2215

Yukon Wound Care and Rehabilitation

1602 Health Center Pkwy Bldg 1100. Yukon, OK, 73099-7752

References Research recommendations – The prevention and management of pressure ulcers in primary and secondary care – NCBI bookshelf. (2014). National Center for Biotechnology Information. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK333125

November 9th, 2022|Categories: Wound Care|

Calciphlaxis

Calciphlaxis is an uncommon diagnosis that causes painful skin lesions anywhere on the body. These types of lesions and / or wounds are usually the result of end stage renal disease. Patients with moderate to severe renal disease can suffer with random calcium deposits in blood vessels limiting blood flow, resulting in painful skin lesions. The open wounds or lesions look similar to bed sores. Although very rare, lesions can occur in other body parts, such as eyes, lungs, brain, muscle and intestines.

Two types of this condition exist:

Uremic – is the more common of the two and happens to people in end stage or severe renal failure (kidney disease).

Non-uremic – is the least common and happens to people in early stages of renal disease with kidney trauma to one or both kidneys.

In most cases the wounds are located on the abdomen or thighs and these patients have a higher mortality rate. However, wounds can appear on lower and upper limbs and sometimes cause limb amputation.

Additional risk factors:

  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Liver disease
  • Warfarin medication
  • Corticosteroids

Diagnosing Calciphlaxis can be difficult due to lack of research, but tests might include:

  • Biopsy of wound edges
  • Lab test for kidney function, liver function, calcium, phosphorus, thyroid, vitamin D, immune markers and blood coagulation indicators
  • Imaging

Treatment for Calciphlaxis wounds includes wound cleaning, debridement and dressing changes as needed to keep the wounds healthy for healing. Other treatment might include medication to treat bone and blood mineral complication to allow for healing and proper nutrition. Patients with calciphylaxis wounds usually do not have a good survival rate of more that 1 year  due to the severe kidney disease and wounds that possibly will develop into sepsis.

Patients, family and physicians can reach our office for appointments at 405-265 2255 and fax   405 265 2215. Our address is 1601 Health Center Parkway Yukon, Oklahoma Bldg 1100. Yukon Wound care and Rehabilitation have easy access off I-40 and located in Stonegate Business  edition behind Target and Joe Cooper Ford.

Because of our easy access we treat patients from all   over the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. We are privately owned allowing walk-ins and same day appointments for most all wounds and or urgent needs. We accept all major insurance and cash pay.

References

Calciphylaxis: Causes, symptoms and treatment. (2022, January 31). Retrieved from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/22359-calciphylaxis

 

 

 

 

 

September 6th, 2022|Categories: Wound Care|

Treating Scar Tissue

Scars can form as a result of many different injuries to the connective tissue of the body. After the damage occurs, new tissue composed of a protein called collagen, forms to fill any gaps caused by the injury. Depending on the location, shape, or size of the scar tissue, there can be lingering symptoms such as pain, tenderness, itchiness, contractures, tightness and more. In order to treat and prevent these symptoms, proper management and wound care is crucial. We treat a wide variety of scars including: burn scars, trauma scars, surgical scars, scalds, hypertrophic scars and keloid scars. Soft tissue treatments and proper wound care help with pain, pigmentation, pliability, pruritus (itchiness), surface area, and thickness of scar tissue.

Some scar tissue may need manual physical therapy to achieve normal range of motion and flexibility around the area of the scar. Scar tissue, injuries, surgical sites, as well as spots that are going to scar in the future can be proactively treated through wound care. Every patient, injury, and healing process are different depending on the situation. However, every patient should try to achieve 100% healing as early as possible.

If you have any questions regarding scars or any other injuries feel free to give us a call.

Call our office for an immediate appointment at 405-265-2255.

Fax: 265-2215

Yukon Wound Care and Rehabilitation

1602 Health Center Pkwy Bldg 1100. Yukon, OK, 73099-7752

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7578190

June 29th, 2022|Categories: Wound Care|
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