A common cause of Chronic Wounds is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), which affects 2 - 5% of the adult population in the United States. CVI can create the following symptoms:
- Pain and neuropathy
- Varicose veins
- Skin breakdown
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Breakdown of the lymphatic channels leading to edema
It is also important to understand that when venous insufficiency occurs, reflux of blood back through the veins increases pressure on the venous-side of the capillary. This prevents the absorption of lymph and may also cause more lymph to expel into the interstitial tissue. In turn, the lymphatic system can only handle a finite amount of lymph, so it is clear that these systems impact each other greatly. The lymphatic system needs a properly functioning venous system to ensure the return of lymph back into the bloodstream. Likewise, the venous system cannot independently and adequately evacuate lymph from the interstitial tissues without a properly functioning lymphatic system.
More simply stated, to effectively treat chronic wounds it is necessary to reduce edema, increase circulation and control infection. Medical Solutions Supplier's compression therapy devices help to accomplish these three goals, and encourages wound healing at the wound base. There is hope for healing! Click here to find out about treatment for Chronic Wounds.