Proper wound care preserves limbs


Wounds that don’t heal properly affect more than 7,000 people in our community today. They are among the 6.7 million people in the U.S. who suffer with slow or non-healing wounds. 

Anyone can develop a chronic wound. Risk increases for people with degenerative diseases like diabetes, peripheral arterial disease and other vascular issues. Older adults and patients who have had limb surgery also are at risk. 

For diabetics, proper wound care plays an important role in limb preservation. It’s important to get wounds checked by a doctor if they haven’t healed by 50 percent after four weeks. A primary care doctor may refer patients to Goshen Wound Center for advanced therapies and support.

Thrive meetings are offered the first Tuesday of each month, 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Greencroft Community Center in Goshen. Join the next Thrive meeting on June 4 when we’ll talk about Ornish Lifestyle Medicine offered at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center. To find out more, visit or call (574) 364-2496. Meetings are free and open to all. No registration is required.