What does a Physiotherapist do after a Burn Injury
6th July 2017
The Physiotherapist will tailor the treatment to the specific requirements of the individual. They will carry out an initial assessment to identify the current needs of the patient. They will also take a clinical and social history to gain an understanding of any pre-existing medical or movement problems. Using the results of the assessments the Physiotherapist will agree with the patient a treatment plan and agree what the goals of the treatment are.
There is a very wide range of different treatments the burn Physiotherapist may use. For some people who are in hospital after a burn injury, Physiotherapy may be focused on respiratory physiotherapy treatments or learning to regain basic functions such as walking or using the hands. For smaller injuries or later in the rehabilitation process common treatments are massage, joint mobilisation, stretches, exercises and scar management.