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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.

Laser Light Therapy for Wound Care2023-12-18T20:47:14+00:00

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”.

Laser Light and Lymphedema.2023-12-11T17:02:46+00:00

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.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) or Dizziness2023-02-01T14:50:26+00:00

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

Debridement2023-01-05T21:15:21+00:00

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

 

 

 

 

 

Calciphlaxis2022-09-06T21:24:42+00:00

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

Treating Scar Tissue2022-06-29T21:04:48+00:00

FAQ’s about Whirlpool

  1. whirlpool therapyDoes it hurt? In 90 to 95% of patient’s it does not hurt. However, in some cases like a deep road rash or burn it can’t be painful in the first and second treatment.
  2. What is whirlpool used for? Gentle debridement and cleaning in and around the wound. Also, whirlpool can be used to assist in range of motion in elbows, wrist, fingers, toes, ankle and knees.
  3. What is the temperature needed in the whirlpool? The temperature is usually 85 to 92 F.
  4. What kind of wounds need whirlpool? Burns, dirty wounds, road rash and painful wounds.
  5. How often is it needed? As often as needed or until wound is clean or range of motion is achieved.
  6. How long does it take? 10 to 20 minutes to achieve goal.
  7. What is in the water? Tap water.
  8. What cleans or moves the water? Electric agitation or jet submerged into water.

      Our outpatient clinic can be reach at 405 265-2255 and fax is 405 2652215.

FAQ’s about Whirlpool2022-06-20T19:57:36+00:00

Workers Compensation Patients

We work with many third-party handlers that send their employees to us to treat injuries such as; elbows, ankles, knees, hips, back, neck injuries, and much more. We also treat a wide variety of wound care including but not limited to; burns, lacerations, infections, and other traumas. Everything goes through the third party for billing and approvals, thus making it super easy for the injured employee to focus on getting back to work in a safe and timely manner.

Our clinic gives our third-party handlers and patients priority, which allows patients easy access to scheduling and quick treatments. Our clinic and practitioners have years of experience in treating work comp patients and our documentation is precise and timely to provide clear communication for all parties involved.

We have patients from all over Oklahoma including Yukon, Mustang, OKC, Piedmont, Tuttle, Geary, Bethany, Union City, El Reno, Edmond, Moore, Newcastle, Minco, Blanchard, Calumet, Choctaw and several other surrounding cities.

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

Workers Compensation Patients2022-06-13T17:18:28+00:00

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a term commonly used to describe swelling. Swelling can accumulate anywhere in the body, but it usually happens in upper or lower extremities. Causes of lymphedema are usually after lymph system damage from trauma, surgery or blockage. The most common cause of lymphedema is Breast Cancer after lumpectomy or mastectomy. If lymphedema is left untreated or in some cases very severe it can lead to infection and hospitalization.

Common treatment for lymphedema is daytime sleeve compression, wrapping, pumps, night sleeve compression, taping and manual lymphatic drainage. Our out-patient clinic works closely with your physician to ensure your care is started and working. We also issue home exercise programs, manual massage programs, as well as any other home devices needed for long term maintenance.

Please call our clinic for speedy appointments at (405)265-2255. Physician referral is not needed, but encouraged.

References

Lymphedema. (2019, January 22). MedlinePlus – Health Information from the National Library of Medicine. https://medlineplus.gov/lymphedema.html

 

Lymphedema2022-11-09T20:32:30+00:00

Student – Chloe Rich

Yukon wound care and rehab has given me an incredible opportunity to work with patients and explore the the health career environment as a high school student. The environment of Yukon Wound Care and Rehab is both welcoming and educational. The hands on learning optimizes the experience by providing guided independence making me feel comfortable despite starting the internship with little prior knowledge. Sherri, Jennifer, and Joyce’s constant positivity is conveyed to the entire facility which is evident in the patients reciprocation. They also provide an approachable workplace in which questions are always welcome and eagerly answered. Everyday I look forward to coming to YWCR for the learning experience, the staff, and the patients. This internship has given me an invaluable opportunity to learn and observe patient care as well as see numerous wound care cases I had never known before. I recommend Yukon Wound Care and Rehab to anyone interested in physical therapy/wound care whom seeks a great learning environment. 

Chloe Rich

Yukon High School Intern 

Student – Chloe Rich2022-11-05T18:27:20+00:00
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