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Where on the body are pressure sores most common?

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Dr. Aletha Tippett
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Back, butt, heels

As the other 2 md's stated, the most common areas are the back, butt, & heels.
Pressure sores can occur anywhere on the body that is near or over a bony prominence (like the heels or elbows) or where the body is in prolonged contact with an object without any pressure relief. Here is a good diagram showing common pressure sore areas: http://www.Selectmedical.Co.Uk/images/pressure_sores.Jpg.

In brief: Back, butt, heels

As the other 2 md's stated, the most common areas are the back, butt, & heels.
Pressure sores can occur anywhere on the body that is near or over a bony prominence (like the heels or elbows) or where the body is in prolonged contact with an object without any pressure relief. Here is a good diagram showing common pressure sore areas: http://www.Selectmedical.Co.Uk/images/pressure_sores.Jpg.
Dr. Aletha Tippett
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Dr. Eulogio Galvez
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Buttocks and back

Pressure sores are most commonly noticed in older non-ambulatory people lying on bed most of the time.
..Mostly oberved on the buttocks and backs.

In brief: Buttocks and back

Pressure sores are most commonly noticed in older non-ambulatory people lying on bed most of the time.
..Mostly oberved on the buttocks and backs.
Dr. Eulogio Galvez
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Back, butt, heels

Pressure sores usually occur in the dependent areas where the weight of the body falls and in individuals that cannot move much at all.
They most commonly occur, then, on the lower back, buttocks, upper thighs, and heels.

In brief: Back, butt, heels

Pressure sores usually occur in the dependent areas where the weight of the body falls and in individuals that cannot move much at all.
They most commonly occur, then, on the lower back, buttocks, upper thighs, and heels.
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care

In brief: Depends on position

Pressure ulcers occur over boney prominences and they happen when there is prolonged pressure in an area.
If someone has had a stroke and tends to lie on the weakened side of the body because it is difficult to turn over, then the side of the hip or ankle will be the most common. Also for individuals with advanced dementia they tend to lie in fetal position on their side causing knees to ulcerate.

In brief: Depends on position

Pressure ulcers occur over boney prominences and they happen when there is prolonged pressure in an area.
If someone has had a stroke and tends to lie on the weakened side of the body because it is difficult to turn over, then the side of the hip or ankle will be the most common. Also for individuals with advanced dementia they tend to lie in fetal position on their side causing knees to ulcerate.
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Dr. Adam Nally
Family Medicine

In brief: The Buttox and Heels

The most common areas of pressure sores are on the buttox , however, they can occur on the heels.
The pressure sores or (decubitus ulcers) occur where pressure points occur most commonly and this is usually around the buttox, sacrum and gluteal cleft in patients who do a lot of sitting. In those who lay on their backs and are not turned freqently, they can be seen in the heels or the shoulders.

In brief: The Buttox and Heels

The most common areas of pressure sores are on the buttox , however, they can occur on the heels.
The pressure sores or (decubitus ulcers) occur where pressure points occur most commonly and this is usually around the buttox, sacrum and gluteal cleft in patients who do a lot of sitting. In those who lay on their backs and are not turned freqently, they can be seen in the heels or the shoulders.
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