Jenny Minton, Physical Therapist – PT, CWS

Jenny MintonJenny Minton has been a Physical Therapist for 36 years. She has a wide variety of experience with her early background focused on treating patients in the outpatient orthopedic population. She has also cared for patients in an acute care setting, as well as seniors in their own homes or in senior care facilities. She also managed a successful rehabilitation department in rural Minnesota for 7 years.

In the last 10 years Jenny has specialized her practice in Wound Care while working here at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital. She has experience in wound care dating back to her first position at the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Veterans Administration Hospital and has always maintained her interest in this area of work. She is currently certified as a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Board of Wound Management and maintains this certification on an annual basis.

The CWS board certification is a rigorous certification process in wound care, and demonstrates a distinct and specialized expertise in the practice. The CWS credential displays to patients, employers and peers a dedication to the highest standards and achievement in wound care. Relying also on our own local medical health care providers, (Doctors, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners), hospital ancillary services and referrals to specialists, Jenny is part of a larger, multi-disciplinary team dedicated to delivering, improving, and advancing the practice of wound care

Wound care specialists are specially trained in the care and treatment of a wide variety of wounds, including wounds that fail to heal after one month of conventional treatment, burns, pressure ulcers and vascular, diabetic, surgical, traumatic and infected wounds. Family and patient education is also critical to the healing process.

To see a wound care specialist, a patient first needs to see their own physician and then be referred to the wound clinic. On their first visit to the wound clinic, it is helpful for patients to be able to give some history regarding the nature of their wound and the onset. We also like to know what treatments have already been tried. We do caution against some home remedies that may actually cause harm to a wound. For example, straight hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol or essential oils are too powerful and are actually toxic to good tissue. These could make a wound worse. Some patients have swelling or edema in the legs associated with wounds and this can and should also be treated by adding appropriate compression to the legs.

There are many things patients can do at home to help heal wounds. Washing hands (to stop the spread of infection), eating well (wounds need good nutrition to heal), stop smoking (can improve wound healing by 50%), exercise (improve circulation), control diabetes (wounds heal faster with diabetes under steady control).

If you feel you would benefit from specialized wound care, please contact your primary health care provider for a referral.