When you think of wounds, most people imagine an open cut that heals over time. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many wounds, which often require surgery if they don’t heal properly. Darin Faller, DC, and the providers at SC Stem Cell in Columbia, South Carolina, offer nonsurgical alternatives that can stimulate your body’s ability to heal wounds on its own. To learn more, call SC Stem Cell or book an appointment online today.
Wound care refers to the type of treatment you receive for a wound that isn’t healing as well as it should. An unhealed wound leaves you vulnerable to pain, infection, and discomfort. While there are many types of closed wounds, the five main types of open wounds include:
A puncture is a small hole that develops from poking or stabbing your skin with a thin, sharp object.
Lacerations are unequal breaks in the skin that can cause severe bleeding. This can happen if you rip or incur a jagged cut on your skin.
Complications from diabetes, bed sores, or kidney disease can lead to painful ulcers — slow-healing sores.
An abrasion is typically nothing more than a scrape, but if that scrape is deep enough, it may not heal as well as it should.
An avulsion occurs when the skin completely tears away from the body. It’s a severe injury that happens often during high-impact automobile accidents.
You can treat most wounds at home with antiseptic soap, clean gauze, and bandages. If your wound is swollen, bruised, or painful, you can take over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medication to relieve pain. However, you should see a doctor right away if you experience bleeding that lasts for more than 20 minutes or bleeding that doesn’t subside with pressure to the wound.
It’s also important to contact your doctor right away if your wound is more than ½ inch deep, looks infected, or isn’t healing on its own.
SC Stem Cell offers a variety of alternative and regenerative therapies to speed up your body’s natural healing process:
The oxygen in your blood helps heal both open and closed wounds and prevent complications. Unfortunately, the oxygen your blood delivers isn’t always enough to properly heal a wound. SC Stem Cell uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy to speed up the healing process.
During this treatment, you sit in a pressurized chamber while breathing in pure oxygen. The providers at SC Stem Cell recommend one session per week for a total of 25 to 40 sessions for maximum healing.
Stem cells are human cells that can develop into specialized cells wherever they’re needed, such as muscle cells, brain cells, or blood cells. They can revitalize and stimulate your body’s healing process to effectively close and treat wounds. When combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, stem cell therapy is an excellent nonsurgical alternative to wound care.
Learn more about the nonsurgical alternative wound care treatments that SC Stem Cell offers by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.