If you have a wound that isn't healing, talk to your primary care physician about a referral to a wound care specialist. MaineHealth wound patients are supported by a interdisciplinary team of specialists to ensure the best possible care. During your evaluation and treatment with us, you may meet with some of the following specialists:
Physicians specializing in wound healing
Infectious disease specialists
Certified wound ostomy continence nurses
During your appointment, a specialist will examine you to assess your overall health status and to determine the type, size and severity of your wound. It is important to tell the specialist about your medical history, current health conditions, medications you are taking, and any side effects that you are experiencing. This information will help the specialist figure out the best treatment options for you.
After this evaluation, the specialist may decide that more tests are needed. These may include:
People who use a wheelchair or other mobility system can develop wounds associated with improper positioning. MaineHealth can help people with special needs optimize their mobility while ensuring safe and effective positioning. Properly-fitted mobility systems offer multiple benefits, including:
- Reduced risk of secondary conditions such as wounds, scoliosis, muscle contractions and pressure ulcers
- Increased ability to participate in activities of daily living
- Maximum independence within the home, school and community environment
- Increased participation in self-care, social, educational and vocational activities
- Improved symmetry, trunk control and alignment
- Positive impact on respiration, blood pressure, tone, skin integrity, bladder and bowel function, swallowing, eating and other oral-motor skills
For more information, please visit Maine Medical Partners Neurosurgery & Spine.