Too much pressure

A pressure sore (or bed sore) is an injury to the skin and the tissue underneath as a result of constant pressure on the skin. In areas of the body where you do not have feeling, you will not notice when you start to feel sore. High risk areas are the spine, tailbone, backside, hips, heels and ankles.

Prevention is key

Pressure sores can develop in just a few days, are difficult to heal and can lead to dangerous infections. You will be advised to perform daily skin checks to look for areas of redness on pale skin or blueness on dark skin, swelling that feels firm, or broken skin.

The best way to prevent pressure sores is to move your body frequently – about every 15 minutes. You will be given more detailed information and pressure relief techniques in rehab. This is one of those health issues where an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure: a little work in advance saves harm and pain down the road.

Review our Pressure Sore Guidebook