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How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Benefit Brain Injures

hyperbaric oxygen therapy can benefit brain injuries

At Hyper Healing, we provide numerous services related to wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hyperbaric medicine is commonly associated with wound care but can be used in many different areas of the body. In this blog, we are devoting some time to explain how hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can benefit brain injuries and other neurological conditions. It all starts with the hyperbaric chamber. While the air we breathe only contains 21% oxygen, hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses a chamber consisting of 100% pure oxygen to more efficiently oxygenate the body and treat various medical conditions, including traumatic brain injuries. While initial studies of the effects of HBOT on brain injuries were met with some criticism, we’re here to set the record straight and delve into how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can benefit brain injuries.

A Brief History of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy dates back to the 1930s, when it was first used to treat decompression sickness in divers. Since then, there are an additional 13 FDA-approved uses for HBOT, including osteomyelitis, radiation necrosis, and diabetic ulcers. Studies on the effects of HBOT in patients with traumatic brain injuries began in the 1960s. While studies have shown that neurological conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, have responded well to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the inability to have double-blind placebo-controlled trials has left some scientists skeptical. 

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Benefit Brain Injures

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments take place in a pressurized environment to fill the lungs with pure oxygen levels more efficiently. This combination of high oxygen content with a pressurized surrounding area sends more oxygen to the bloodstream to use throughout the body. Research has shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can benefit brain injuries where the injury is classified as an acute, severe traumatic brain injury because of its ability to increase blood flow to the areas of the brain that have been affected. It’s important to note that the benefits of HBOT extend far beyond tissue oxygenation. According to various studies, HBOT has also been shown to suppress inflammation, reduce increased intracranial pressure, decrease apoptosis in the brain tissue, and promote regeneration and regrowth of certain parts of the brain.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has also been shown to be effective for other neurological conditions, including cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. While HBOT is not considered a cure, there is evidence to suggest that a regular schedule of hyperbaric sessions can slow the progression of chronic conditions like MS. 

There is still a lot to be discovered when it comes to the healing ability of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Unfortunately, there is a commonly maintained belief that any post-concussion symptoms persisting more than six months following a head injury are permanent and irreparable brain damage. This, combined with some skepticism regarding a lack of placebo controls in trials, has stunted widespread treatment access for many patients who could benefit from HBOT. The bottom line is that improvement for both neurological conditions and brain injuries is possible and scientifically supported.

Contact Hyper Healing

At Hyper Healing, our wound care and hyperbaric medicine clinics offer new advanced therapies and progressive procedures to work in conjunction with the care from our referring providers to heal patients faster and more completely. We believe that healing chronic wounds requires a multi-dimensional approach. If you have any additional questions about how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can benefit brain injuries, schedule an appointment by contacting us or by calling us at 813-591-4570.

Venous Ulcers: Here is How to Care for Them

venous ulcers

In addition to advanced therapies and progressive procedures, at Hyper Healing, we also aim to help educate and inform. Having the knowledge to decipher between a wound that can be cared for at home and a wound that requires professional medical attention can help assist our patient’s overall recovery. This is why we are using our blog to focus on various services we provide as well as indications for wound care to help ensure you are as healthy as possible. Today, we’re taking an in-depth look at venous ulcers. We are discussing what they are, what causes them, and what treatment may entail. Of course, we are always here to help you with any additional questions you may have, but today we’re providing a foundation of care with our comprehensive guide to venous ulcers.

What are Venous Ulcers?

Venous ulcers are forms of open sores that can occur when the veins in the legs do not push blood up to the heart effectively. This problem develops in the veins when internal valves become scarred or blocked, resulting in the blood flowing backward. When this blood begins to build up, it can increase the pressure that prevents oxygen and nutrients from traveling to the tissues. Over time this causes cells to die, which weakens the tissue and can eventually lead to the formation of an open wound. These wounds are typically slow healing and typically develop just above the ankle.

Symptoms of Venous Ulcers

Venous insufficiency leading to venous ulcers typically shows initial signs of thin, itchy skin known as stasis dermatitis. Other early signs include heaviness, swelling, cramping in the legs, or dark, hardened skin. Once the condition has progressed, common symptoms of a venous ulcer include a shallow sore with a visible red base and unevenly shaped borders. The skin surrounding the sore may be shiny, tight, discolored, or warm to the touch.  

Top Risk Factors

Various conditions increase your risk of developing venous ulcers, including:

  • A family history of venous ulcers
  • Varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Serious injuries in the leg
  • Obesity
  • Sitting for prolonged periods of time
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy

Venous ulcers are also more common in older age, in women, and in tall individuals.

Treatment

One of our providers will help teach you how to care for your wound. You can find general wound care instructions in our Wound Healing Process blog. We also recommend compression bandages or stockings over the dressing to help prevent blood from pooling and reduce swelling. These compression methods also help expedite the healing process and help relieve any pain from the wound. Staying active also promotes blood circulation. For wounds that do not heal correctly, surgical procedures can help improve blood flow. 

Contact Hyper Healing

If you notice that your wound is not healing properly, or if you have suffered significant trauma to your skin that requires medical attention, Hyper Healing can help you heal faster and more completely. Schedule an appointment by calling 813-591-4570 or by contacting us online.

Diabetics and Wound Healing Have a Relationship

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At Hyper Healing, we specialize in comprehensive care for diabetics. Whether you’re in need of an initial assessment, treatment, health referrals, or education, we are here for you every step of the way. Diabetes has many different factors that contribute to the development of chronic wounds. To help you understand some of these factors, we’re breaking down all of these elements to explain the relationship between diabetes and wound healing.

Blood Glucose Levels

Diabetes impedes the body’s ability to handle glucose, creating problems in maintaining an optimal blood sugar level. While blood sugar can be managed through diet, exercise, and insulin, consistently elevated glucose levels can cause damage to various systems of the body. High blood glucose can stiffen arteries, narrow blood vessels and even lead to nerve damage throughout the body, known as neuropathy. This damage to the body can also cause an increased risk of wounds and complications with wound healing.

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is a normal part of the wound healing process, but in diabetics, this inflammation often lasts much longer and becomes classified as “chronic inflammation.” In chronic wounds, the healing process becomes unbalanced, leading to an inability to heal properly.

Neuropathy

As we previously mentioned, neuropathy is widespread nerve damage. In diabetics, it is common for this nerve damage to take place in the limbs. When high glucose levels destroy the nerves in the limbs, it becomes more difficult for people with diabetes to notice when blisters or infections develop or worsen. While careful skin checks can help prevent wounds from worsening, it is common for those living with diabetes to have trouble with mobility, making it difficult to properly scan all areas of the body, such as the bottom of the feet. This is why an estimated 15% of the 18 million diabetic people in the US will develop a foot ulcer wound.

Poor Circulation

High levels of glucose can cause the blood vessels to narrow, which decreases circulation within the body. Circulation is a crucial step in wound healing as it helps deliver the necessary oxygen and nutrient-carrying red blood cells to the injured area. Narrowed blood vessels also restrict the effectiveness of infection-fighting white blood cells.

Compromised Immune System 

High blood sugar hinders the immune cells from functioning properly, which increasing the risk of wound infection. 

Increased Risk of Infection

The culmination of a decreased immune response restricted access for white blood cells and an extended inflammation stage all increase the risk of wound infection. Problems caused by neuropathy may also cause a wound to stay open and unprotected for a more extended period, which also adds to the risk of infection. The relationship between diabetes and wound healing is multifaceted and complicated. This is why even minor injuries in diabetic people need to be cared for properly. No matter where you are in the process of caring for wounds associated with diabetes, Hyper Healing is here to help.

Contact Hyper Healing

At Hyper Healing, our wound care and hyperbaric medicine clinics offer new advanced therapies and progressive procedures to work in conjunction with the care from our referring providers to heal patients faster and more completely. We believe that healing chronic wounds requires a multi-dimensional approach. To schedule an appointment, please contact us or call us at 813-591-4570.

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Benefit Soft Tissue Radionecrosis

Soft Tissue Radionecrosis

At Hyper Healing we specialize in wound care with a focus on hyperbaric medicine practices. The combination of the services we offer with the care of referring physicians allows for a more effective healing treatment for our patients. To help educate and inform, we are taking some time to focus on each of the common chronic wound conditions that can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This month we are spotlighting soft tissue radionecrosis, a condition caused by radiation exposure. In this blog, we aim to explain how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can benefit soft tissue radionecrosis.

What is Soft Tissue Radionecrosis

Soft tissue radionecrosis occurs when radiation exposure kills soft tissues and inhibits normal regeneration. This condition most commonly occurs following radiation therapy for cancer patients. This form of radiation injury reduces the density of small blood vessels and replaces the normal tissues with more dense, fibrous tissues. Wounds with these dense tissues make it difficult for them to heal.

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Benefit Soft Tissue Radionecrosis

Conventional therapies, such as surgery, tend to not be as effective when it comes to soft tissue radionecrosis. This is due to the dense tissue lacking the nutrients and oxygen levels that is required by the healing process. Surgical intervention may promote further damage and tissue breakdown because tissues that have been damaged by radiation are also more prone to infection following surgery. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the most beneficial treatments for soft tissue radionecrosis because it improves the oxygenation in the tissues to promote healing. Over the course of the treatments, hyperbaric oxygen therapy also stimulated the production of new capillary beds and granulation tissue that have a stronger blood supply which also contributes to creating more elastic and less fibrous tissues. 

In general, hyperbaric oxygen therapy generates an approximately 80% response rate in patients with soft tissue radionecrosis. While the tissues will never recover to fully normal tissue, this form of therapy is the only treatment shown to increase the number of blood vessels in the radiology-affected tissue.

The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Process

Each hyperbaric chamber uses oxygen at a higher level than the atmospheric pressure to deliver a higher level of oxygen to the body’s tissues. When a patient is inside the chamber, they lay on a specialized bed as the atmospheric pressure increases, and when the session is over the chamber slowly depressurizes. Each session typically lasts from 90 minutes to 2 hours, and while inside the patient can watch a movie, listen to music, or just choose to relax. Depending on your condition, up to 60 sessions can be prescribed.

Contact Us

At Hyper Healing, our wound care and hyperbaric medicine clinics offer new advanced therapies and progressive procedures to work in conjunction with the care from our referring providers to heal patients faster and more completely. We believe that healing chronic wounds requires a multi-dimensional approach. If you have questions schedule an appointment by contacting us or by calling us at 813-591-4570.

Wound Care at Home

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After years of cuts and scrapes having been handled by a simple bandaid and some neosporin, it can be daunting when a wound requires more care than what’s in the typical medicine cabinet. While it’s generally easy to identify a wound that needs immediate medical attention, the care after the initial visit to the ER is far more involved than the common laceration that generally heals on its own. In this blog we’re focusing on the steps you can take to deliver proper wound care at home.

What step should I take to assist with the healing process?

In order to optimize the healing process, it’s important to create the best conditions for the new granulation tissue to form. Granulated tissue is the first step in healing the wound, followed by new skin growing over this newly formed tissue. The best condition to promote granulated tissue growth is clean, warm, and moist.

Which products should I use?

Optimizing wound care at home involves using products that will help red tissue grow. Ensuring the cleanliness of your products, hands, and the wound itself is the first step to take before caring or covering your wound. This involves products such as a mild antibacterial soap and non-sterile gloves. Gauze, wraps, and other dressings are all forms of covering the wound and

keeping it clean, warm, and moist. Keeping a clean dressing on your wound, and changing it regularly will help with the healing process. 

Wound care procedure at home

Your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions on your wound care, as well as directions on how often to change your wound’s dressings. Generally, wound care at home involves the following:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and apply gloves if necessary.
  • Remove the dressing from the wound. If it sticks to the wound, or the area around the wound, moisten the dressing with a saline solution.
  • After washing your hands a second time, gently clean the wound starting in the center and working your way out to the outer edges.
  • Apply a skin barrier to the skin around the wound and apply a new dressing to the wound.
  • Dispose of the old dressing and wash your hands.

Eating habits

You may be surprised to learn that wound care at home requires proper eating habits. Vitamins and nutrients from food help expedite the healing process. Pay extra attention to consuming proteins to promote muscle and skin repair, carbohydrates for energy, and water to help replace fluids lost from draining wounds. It’s also important to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables to get proper amounts of vitamin D.

When should I seek help? 

If you experience fever, nausea or vomiting, or if your wound swells, reddens, or starts to feel warm, expels a foul odor, or becomes more painful, contact your healthcare provider. These symptoms may be indicative of infection. If your wound is not fully healing on it’s own, then you may have a chronic wound that requires specialty care from Hyper Healing.

Contact us about wound care

At Hyper Healing, our wound care and hyperbaric medicine clinics offer new advanced therapies and progressive procedures to work in conjunction with the care from our referring providers to heal patients faster and more completely. We believe that healing chronic wounds requires a multi-dimensional approach. To schedule an appointment, please contact us or call us at 813-591-4570.

Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis

At Hyper Healing, we combine wound care with hyperbaric medicine practices. This, in conjunction with certain surgeries and antibiotics provided by referring physicians, can help a variety of chronic wound conditions heal more completely. One of the conditions that can benefit from hyperbaric treatments is chronic refractory osteomyelitis, a recurrent infection of the bone or bone marrow. While there are numerous medical disorders that are indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we wanted to focus specifically on how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help chronic refractory osteomyelitis.

What is Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis?

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone or bone marrow. This infection can occur when the bone is directly exposed to bacteria in the form of an injury, or an infection can travel through the bloodstream and reach the bone. Osteomyelitis becomes chronic when the condition persists or reappears despite treatment. Symptoms of chronic refractory osteomyelitis include chronic pain and a prolonged healing period. 

The cause of recurrent osteomyelitis is typically due to underlying conditions such as a compromised immune system or poor circulation. Unfortunately, osteomyelitis is a difficult condition to treat due to the fact that many antimicrobials can not fully penetrate the bone. This is why the use of hyperbaric chambers, in addition to routine surgeries and antibiotics, is the most widely accepted treatment for chronic refractory osteomyelitis. 

How Hyperbaric Chambers can Help with Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis

The first action to take when it comes to treating chronic refractory osteomyelitis is to see your doctor to discuss possible necessary surgeries or antibiotics. If your wound has not responded to these treatments in a four to six-week span, then hyperbaric oxygen therapy becomes an appropriate next step.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a process in which a patient is placed in a chamber where they breathe 100 percent oxygen at an increased atmospheric pressure. A typical span of therapy for patients with chronic refractory osteomyelitis consists of anywhere from twenty to sixty 90-minute treatments. Due to the nature of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, complications are few and far between, and there are not many contraindications that would make a patient ineligible for this treatment. 

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers treat it by assisting the white blood cells in killing bacteria. Once the infection is gone, the osteoclasts can begin to create new bone to replace the dead bone that had been infected by bacteria. The high levels of oxygen that the chambers provide help to ensure this process is optimally completed. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can also aid antibiotics, ultimately allowing them to work better in the treatment of certain recurring conditions.

The most common complication associated with chronic refractory osteomyelitis is not getting the treatment you need fast enough. When this condition is not treated quickly, there is a potential to develop serious wounds that can lead to amputations, especially if the wound is located on any lower extremities. If you have a wound that either shows no healing progress within two weeks, or has not completely healed in six weeks, contact Hyper Healing for an evaluation to determine the underlying reasons for the delayed healing. We offer a wide variety of services to help you on your journey to complete healing.

Healing Wound Process

At Hyper Healing, we offer advanced therapies and progressive procedures for those with chronic wounds. A chronic wound is one that fails to proceed through the normal phases of wound healing in a timely manner. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with a wound care specialist if you have a wound that shows no healing progress within two weeks, or if the wound is not completely healed by six weeks. Before scheduling an appointment at a wound center, there are recommended ways to care for your wound to promote the healing process. November is National Healthy Skin Month, so we wanted to offer some tips for minimizing scars, promoting healthy skin production, and how to take care of a healing wound.

Stages of the Healing Process

Inflammatory Stage

This preliminary stage in the healing process occurs following the moment of trauma. The blood vessels at the point of injury constrict to create a blood clot to stop the bleeding. Once the clot has formed, the blood vessels expand to promote blood flow to the wound. During this time, white blood cells move to the area to destroy foreign bodies in the system. On the exterior of the wound, skin cells form to create a protective barrier across the wound.

Fibroblastic Stage

In this stage, a skin-strengthening protein called collagen grows within the wound to help close the wound. 

Maturation Stage

Over time, the body works to create more collagen to help refine the wound’s scar. This stage is what contributes to the fading of the scar for months and years after the wound has healed.

Factors that Inhibit Proper Healing

Medications: Certain drugs can interfere with the wound healing process. Many blood thinners can promote blood flow that can lead to persistent bleeding.

Infections: If your wound becomes infected, your body will work to destroy the infection rather than working to heal the wound.

Dead Skin/Dryness: Dead skin and other foreign materials can interfere with the healing process. If the wound is exposed to air, it can also slow the healing process because skin cells and immune cells need a moist environment to heal the wound properly.

Age: As we age, the wounds typically require longer healing time.

Smoking: Smoking doesn’t only impair the healing process, but it also increases the risk of complications.

Bleeding: If the blood doesn’t have a chance to clot, the persistent bleeding prevents the wound from closing. 

Medical Conditions: Any autoimmune condition can affect the healing process, in addition to certain conditions like diabetes, varicose veins, and anemia.

Poor Diet: If the body is lacking nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, and protein, the healing process may take longer than normal.

Tips to Prevent Scarring

Keep it clean

For minor cuts and burns, the first step to avoid scarring is to keep the wound clean. Use mild soap and water to wash away dirt and bacteria.

Avoid letting the wound dry out

The wound has to be kept moist in order to promote healing and to reduce scarring. After cleaning, use a petroleum jelly to prevent scabbing.

Cover the skin

To ensure the wound stays clean and moist, you should keep it covered throughout the healing process. It’s important to clean the wound and change the bandage regularly.

Protect it

Sunscreen can help protect the newly formed skin, and can help fade the scar more quickly. Protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.

Make an Appointment at Hyper Healing

If you notice that your wound is not healing properly, or if you have suffered significant trauma to your skin that requires medical attention, Hyper Healing can help you heal faster and more completely. Schedule an appointment by calling 813-591-4570 or by contacting us online.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Items to Know

What is it? 

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is a technique used to treat a number of medical conditions. It consists of breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. This type of therapy can help treat decompression sickness, which typically occurs as a result from deep-sea diving. Other conditions that can be treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in the blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury. At Hyper Healing, we use Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for those seeking treatment for a variety of chronic wounds and conditions. 

Benefits 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can benefit a wide array of conditions in which the body is in need of assistance when it comes to utilizing oxygen. The body needs proper oxygen flow to function properly. When the body is injured, the tissue needs more oxygen to heal and survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection. 

At Hyper Healing, indications for this type of therapy include:

  • Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremity
  • Compromised skin graft or flap 
  • Progressive necrotizing infections
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Chronic refractory Osteomyelitis
  • Acute carbon monoxide or cyanide poisoning
  • Clostridial Myonecrosis
  • Acute blood loss anemia
  • Soft tissue Radionecrosis
  • Cerebral air or gas embolism
  • PTSD
  • Decompression illness
  • Osteoradionecrosis of any anatomical site
  • Actinomycosis
  • Crush injuries
  • Brain injury 

It could be beneficial when experiencing any of these conditions to receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 

Treatment

During this treatment, you can expect a few things. Since hyperbaric oxygen therapy is typically an outpatient procedure, it usually does not require hospitalization of any kind. In the treatment, there is either a one-person oxygen chamber, or a room designed to treat multiple people at once. In certain cases, pure oxygen is administered through a tube directly to the patient. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the air pressure in the room is about two to three times normal air pressure. The increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears — similar to what you might feel in an airplane or at a high elevation. You can relieve that feeling by yawning or swallowing. Most of the time, this treatment lasts from any length of time up to two hours. 

Following treatment, you can resume normal activities. It’s important to eat a good meal and stay hydrated. Feelings of fatigue are normal. 

Results

The results of the treatment depend on your specific condition. Different conditions require a different number of sessions. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can treat certain conditions, such as decompression sickness or carbon monoxide poisoning, on its own, or it can be used in conjunction with other treatments. When it comes to non healing wounds, you’ll likely need more than one treatment session. 

At Hyper Healing, our wound care and hyperbaric medicine clinics offer new advanced therapies and progressive procedures to work in conjunction with the care from our referring providers to heal patients faster and more completely. We believe that healing chronic wounds requires a multi-dimensional approach. To schedule an appointment, please contact us or call us at 813-591-4570.

Wound Rehabilitation Involves Stem Cells

At Hyper Healing, we are always learning about new advanced therapies and progressive procedures that can contribute to healing our patients quickly and completely. One of these advanced procedures includes the use of stem cells in wound rehabilitation. We wanted to take a moment to share background information about the skin, and the definition of what constitutes a wound in order to explain how stem cells work in wound rehabilitation. 

Wound care is the core of what we do at Hyper Healing. In order to understand what makes a wound we have to start with an understanding of the skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and consists of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. The epidermis is the top layer of the skin, below that is the dermis, which is the thickest layer of the three. The dermis is the layer of the skin that accounts for most of the skin’s mechanical properties and resilience. The bottom layer of the skin, the hypodermis, allows for insulation and cushioning between the skin and the bone and muscle. These three layers of the skin all work together to act as a barrier and to protect the body from various elements such as moisture, the cold, sun rays, germs and toxic substances. 

In order to maintain our health, we rely on our skin’s ability to heal. The wound healing process typically consists through sequential and overlapping phases of inflammation, proliferation and remodeling. This ability to heal seems to diminish with age, certain lifestyle choices such as smoking, and other underlying conditions such as diabetes. 

The point where we become wounded and our skin is unable to heal itself is when additional therapies become necessary. A wound is defined as “a disruption of normal anatomic structure and function.” If these functions are unable to restore on their own, certain procedures and surgeries may become necessary. In the past, various types of skin grafts and skin substitutes have been used in an effort to help heal wounds. While these procedures are still used today, there is also a case to be made for stem cell use in wound rehabilitation.

Stem cells are specialized, undifferentiated cells that are potent and have the ability to differentiate into multiple cell types. They are also capable of self-renewal and can undergo multiple cycles of cell division while remaining undifferentiated. Stem cells in particular can be characterized by the capacity for prolonged self renewal and the ability to differentiate into mature stages. 

When stem cells are involved in the wound healing process they can enhance the wound healing by helping to control immunity and accelerate the closure of the wound. Stem cells found in the dermis and hair follicles are typically believed to assist in wound repair up until a certain point. In cases where the loss of skin is extensive, stem cells derived from bone marrow known as mesenchymal cells, are believed to contribute to wound healing. Stem cell-assisted wound healing is also considered a potentially therapeutic approach for treating wounds that are healing impaired because they can help increase various growth factors and blood circulation.  

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, skin tissue engineering technologies can provide a number of alternatives to traditional skin grafting, it is still not considered a perfect healing treatment. Still, researchers continue to conclude that stem cells have great potential for use in accelerating wound repair, regeneration, and healing.

If you have a wound that either shows no healing progress within two weeks, or has not completely healed in six weeks, contact Hyper Healing for an evaluation to determine the underlying reasons for the delayed healing. We offer a wide variety of services to help you on your journey to complete healing. 

Prevention and Treatment Options for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Prevention and Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers usually occur on the bottom of the foot and are the most common complication associated with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The primary cause is diabetic neuropathy (damage or malfunction in the nerves brought on by diabetes). Of all those who develop foot ulcers, around 6% will need hospitalization due to infection in the ulcer or other ulcer-related complications.

Risk Factors for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

As mentioned, diabetic neuropathy is the most prevalent cause of diabetic foot ulcers. This condition is due to various neurovascular and metabolic factors and is characterized by loss of feeling or pain in the feet, toes, arms, and legs due to poor circulation and nerve damage. As the condition progresses, sores and/or blisters may appear in the numb areas of the feet and heels.

Other risk factors include:

  • Poor glycemic (blood sugar) control
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Poor circulation
  • Previous foot ulcers or amputations

Common Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Any diabetic patient who notices any of the following symptoms on their feet should contact their doctor immediately:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Cracks
  • Sores
  • Pus
  • Open lesions
  • Odor

Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Although there are treatment options for diabetic foot ulcers, the focus should be on prevention by taking the following precautions.

  1. Check your feet for ulcers every day.
  2. Always keep your feet clean using only mild soap and water
  3. Dry your feet well to ensure you don’t leave them moist, which can cause serious problems.
  4. Keep your feet from drying out and cracking, which leaves openings for bacteria.

Treatment Options for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The proper treatment option will depend on the severity of your condition and your medical history.

The first step in treatment is to relieve the irritation and pressure causing the ulcer. This may mean wearing specialized footgear or castings or using crutches or a wheelchair to help speed the healing process. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics and request a blood test to assess circulation in your feet.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy (aka regenerative medicine) is a promising therapeutic solution for treating diabetic foot ulcers. This revolutionary technology uses the body’s natural healing response in the infected tissue using stem cells. Stem cells are cells from which all other specialized cells are made.

Surgical Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Although most diabetic foot ulcers can be treated using non-invasive methods, sometimes surgery is necessary. Examples of surgical treatment for foot ulcers include excision or shaving of bone, as well as the correction of deformities like bunions, bony bumps, and hammertoes.

Hyper Healing Wound Care utilizes cutting-edge technology in ulcer care, including genetic skin, skin grafts, local skin, and muscle flaps to close wounds. Contact us today to learn more about the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers.