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Burns

What are Burns?

They are one of the most common household injuries which cause severe skin damage and causes the skin cells to die. Most people recover without serious health consequences, depending on the cause and degree of injury. More serious burns require immediate emergency medical care to prevent complications and death.

Can physiotherapy help people with burns injury?

Yes. Physiotherapy starts right from the hospital and continues after discharge from the hospital.

While in the hospital, Physiotherapists focus on:

  • Promoting recovery while in intensive care.
  • Regaining movement, strength and function.
  • Regaining mobility.
  • Improving exercise tolerance.
  • Scar management.

On discharge, physiotherapy continues with provision of access to the following services:

  • Scar management and bespoke pressure garment service.
  • Hand therapy.
  • Large, well-equipped specialist gym.
  • Access to specific rehabilitation classes.

What are the complications of burns?

  • Life-threatening infection

  • Low blood volume

  • Dangerously low body temperature

  • Breathing problems and respiratory failure

  • Skin scarring and keloids formation

  • Bone and joint problems resulting scar tissues that cause shortening and tightening of skin, muscles and tendon, thereby, restricting normal joint mechanics.

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