Freeman Medical Musings Blog


Principles of Wound Healing

Posted by Dr. Joseph Newman, on May 14, 2014

In the United States, approximately 6.5 million people are affected by chronic wounds (wounds that fail to heal) each year. As a wound healing expert I am often asked, “Why do some wounds heal without any trouble and others not heal?”

Several factors determine whether a wound will heal or not:

  • The wound must get adequate blood supply
  • The wound must be free of dead tissue
  • The wound must not have any active infection
  • The wound should be managed with moist healing techniques

If all of the above criteria are met, then the wound should eventually heal. If you have a wound that has not healed completely in 2-4 weeks, we would consider it a chronic – or problem – wound that needs specialized care.

If you have a problem wound, I encourage you to call and make an appointment at Freeman Wound Care. No referrals are needed. To make an appointment, call 417.347.4800 or request an appointment online.