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Pressure sores can be painful and decrease the quality of life of the patients that live with them. Prevention of the sores is always the best solution but once they have appeared, they must be monitored and mediated to promote healing and deter further deterioration of the wound site. In the mean time, the pain associated with the sores must be managed, which can be a difficult process. Different Reasons For Pain With pressure sores, there are many different issues happening that can cause pain. This means each patient may experience pain for different reasons and in different levels. Pressure sores have four stages of progression and depending on how severe the wound is, there may be many treatments needed to heal the wound and prevent pain for the patient. Some reasons for pain can be: Surface pain. This is pain associated with the wound itself and irritation at the site of the skin and tissue. Infection. If the wound becomes infected and inflamed, this can also cause pain. Nerve damage. Pressure sores can lead to nerve damage that can cause chronic pain. Managing The Pain With each patient, the treatment may be unique depending on the issues they are having with the pressure sore and what kind and degree of pain they are experiencing. These wounds need an individualized approach and should involve the patients input whenever possible. Treat the wound. Obviously, removing the cause of the wound is the first step. Patients will need to have pressure and weight removed from the area as much as possible. The wound may need debridement, or removal of the dead...
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