Some types of wounds do not heal as they should. This situation can be a symptom of an underlying health condition that should be identified and resolved so that healthy, natural healing can occur.
The stages of healing
The body, when functioning optimally, will heal quickly and naturally. It goes through several stages to rebuild the tissues:
- Hemostasis: This is the first stage of healing, where the body stops bleeding by forming a blood clot at the site of the wound.
- Inflammation: This is the second stage of healing, where the body sends white blood cells to the site to fight off any infection and remove any debris.
- Proliferation: This is the third stage of healing, where the body begins to rebuild the damaged tissue by producing new blood vessels and cells.
- Remodeling: This is the final stage of healing, where the body strengthens and reorganizes the new tissue to restore its function and appearance.
During the healing process, the body also produces various growth factors and hormones that stimulate cell growth and repair. The healing process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the severity of the wound. A patient may be in a condition in which the ability to heal is not functioning as it should, leading to a stubborn, unhealing wound.
At Arch Medical Group, our whole-body approach to medical care allows us to identify the underlying condition that has caused the body to fail to heal and treat that condition to trigger natural healing. The treatments applied to a stubborn wound may include:
- Pulse wave therapy
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)
- Red light therapy
- Whole-body vibration
- IV Therapy
- PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)