Physical therapists are on the front lines of wound management in many healthcare settings, and treat patients during the most critical stages of wound care and healing. They possess in-depth knowledge of anatomy and tissue healing as well as mobility and positioning expertise. Specially trained physical therapists provide wound care to patients in the outpatient setting utilizing the most current and advanced wound care protocols.
Piedmont’s wound care therapist will work closely with your medical team to provide the most effective and efficient treatment for your wound.
Who would benefit from physical therapy wound care?
Physical therapy wound care is for patients who have open wounds as a result of pressure, vascular insufficiency, trauma, surgery, and/or diabetes.
The most common wounds that are treated by wound care physical therapists are:
Patients must be referred by their provider to physical therapy wound care.
Physical therapy wound care begins with a comprehensive evaluation and development of an individualized care plan. Common treatment approaches can include:
Available treatment modalities may include:
All wounds heal at different rates and the duration of therapy will be based on the patient’s individual needs. Depending on the type of wound and amount of care needed, the patient may be seen one->three times a week in the physical therapy clinic. The duration of treatment can vary from weeks->several months.
Your wound care therapist will work with your medical team to adapt treatment to maximize wound healing.