Author(s): Johnson CL
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Abstract Hypertrophic scars, a common sequelae to burn injuries, represent an overgrowth of dermal components like collagen. To the burn-injured patient, the red, raised, rigid scars represent impaired function and distorted appearance. Physical therapists modify scars by treating with pressure and stretching to minimize the devastating effects. Healing time, location of the injury, condition of the unhealed and healed areas, and treatment cost influence physical therapy. This article describes scarring and provides practical guidelines for pressure materials and stretching techniques. With an appropriate program, caring for a patient with burns becomes extremely beneficial and rewarding.
This article was published in Phys Ther
and referenced in Journal of Textile Science & Engineering