Pressure sores are usually caused by unrelieved pressure on the skin. They often develop on skin that covers bony areas. Places on the body that are at risk for developing pressure sores include the back of the head and ears, shoulder, elbow, the lower back and buttocks, hip, and heel. The greater trochanter (say "troh-KAN-ter"), which is the side of the upper thigh, and the inner knees are also at risk.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Margaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine|
|Last Revised||February 15, 2011|