Burn Rehabilitation

Patients with burn injuries are often at risk of scar formation and impairments such as loss of joint range of motion, joint changes, sensory loss, edema, pain, impaired ventilation/aerobic capacity, impaired activity tolerance, impaired balance, coordination, and strength. Burn injuries can also cause impaired mobility and difficulty performing daily living activities.

During the acute care stage, our therapists focus on:

  • Prevention of loss of range of motion
  • Scar management
  • Assistance with edema reduction
  • Patient/family education about possible burn-related problems
  • Swallowing and communication treatment

Therapeutic interventions during the acute care stage include:

  • Range of motion and strengthening exercises
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Use of pressure wraps as burns and grafts are healing
  • Positioning devices that may be necessary to immobilize or place an extremity in a more functional position following surgery for grafting
  • Customized splints that may be created for patients' specific needs to maintain joint range of motion and/or tendon integrity
  • Swallowing strategies
  • Respiratory support improvement
  • Communication aid when needed

Following discharge from the Regional Burn Center, our team may recommend inpatient rehab or outpatient therapy. Visits to the multidisciplinary outpatient burn clinic on a regular basis will help identify problems that may occur during the often difficult adjustment period after hospital discharge.