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Physical Therapy Wound Care

A difficult healing wound can cause much pain for a patient, further medical complications, and have a major impact on the quality of one's life. Major advances in treatments have developed to successfully heal and close chronic and various types of difficult healing wounds. Physical Therapy can be an adjunct treatment for non-healing wounds when standard wound care is unsuccessful. 

Aggressive physical therapy wound care may include the following modalities and procedures:

  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultraviolet Light
  • Pulsed Lavage
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Multilayer Compression
  • Sharps Debridement

Some of the most common types of difficult healing wounds we manage include:

  • Venous and/or arterial insufficiency wounds
  • Diabetic wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Difficult healing surgical wounds
  • Chronic wounds

A physical therapist with specialization and experience in wound care will perform a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and treatment plan that will apply to the various factors in the management of wound healing, including but not limited to nutrition, blood flow and circulation, edema, functional mobility, and pressure relief. At the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, there is a collaborative wound care team including wound nurses, wound physicians, orthotic and prosthetic specialists that can be consulted with Physical Therapy wound care services. These services are available to both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

We are located in the UI Hospital, Room C100. Our outpatient facility is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 312.996.3700 to schedule your first outpatient appointment. A physician's referral is required.

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