The Relationship Between Mobility and Pressure Sores

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How does something simple as moving around affect the development of pressure sores. But what happens when mobility is restricted? Among other issues, the risk of pressure sores—those nasty, painful skin lesions—rises dramatically.

The Basic Mechanics of Pressure Sores

Alright, before we go full throttle into the mobility angle, we need to get our facts straight about pressure sores themselves. These are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, most often caused by prolonged pressure on an area of the body. Think elbows, heels, hips—those bony points that bear the brunt of your body weight when you’re sitting or lying down.

Why Mobility Matters

Let’s keep it simple. When you move, you’re redistributing pressure on your body. Even slight shifts can relieve pressure on vulnerable areas. It’s like when you’re on a long flight and you adjust your position every so often. You’re instinctively trying to protect your skin and tissue from the pressure of the hard airplane seat. Lack of mobility means less redistribution of pressure, which spells trouble.

Bedridden and Wheelchair-Bound: A High-Risk Category

When mobility is severely limited—say, in bedridden patients or those who use wheelchairs—the risk of developing pressure sores goes through the roof. These individuals can’t easily shift their body weight, meaning pressure is constantly applied to the same spots. It’s a vicious cycle; limited movement leads to pressure sores, which further restrict mobility due to pain and discomfort.

The Role of Caregivers in Prevention

One cannot underestimate the role of vigilant caregiving in this equation. Regularly turning or repositioning patients, helping them stand or sit, or even just adjusting their limbs can go a long way in preventing pressure sores. A good caregiver is worth their weight in gold for this very reason.

Mobility Aids: Not Just About Movement

Sometimes it’s not about the amount of movement, but the quality of it. Mobility aids like specialized cushions, pressure-relieving mattresses, and ergonomic wheelchairs can help redistribute pressure more effectively, offering an additional layer of protection against sores.

The problem in nursing homes is that they often fail to provide sufficient staff to perform this basic assistance or they fail to provide the basic supplies needed to minimize the risk of these injuries.



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Sanga Turnbull is the founder and principal attorney at The Turnbull Law Firm, a Florida law firm helping personal injury victims in Winter Haven and Orlando recover compensation for harm done to them by the negligence of others. The comprehensive personal injury practice at The Turnbull Firm includes all manner of motor vehicle accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse, slip and fall, workplace and industrial accidents, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and more. Injury victims or their families are invited to call The Turnbull Firm for a no-cost, confidential consultation about any potential claims they may have.