Pressure sores can develop anytime a person experiences limited mobility, which is being unable to easily change your position while seated or lying down. A person’s mobility can be limited because of their general poor health, illness, injury, or sedation. Without proper preventative measures, even those experiencing limited mobility for a short time, such as after an operation or accident, are susceptible to developing pressure sores.
A number of other factors have been identified which put individuals at a higher risk for developing pressure sores. While risk factors may vary depending upon the particular circumstances, the following represents a list of the most common: