Because patients work with the same therapists through their entire continuum of care, we are able to provide services directly tailored to each person’s unique abilities, needs and goals. Burn rehab is by nature an intensive process, and our therapists focus on developing authentic relationships that help them motivate and support patients throughout the rehabilitation journey.
Rehabilitation typically begins within 24 hours of injury. Our therapists’ specialized training allows them to work with patients who are still in intensive care, even if they require a ventilator, dialysis, multiple IVs, catheters, etc. Early intervention such as manual stretching, standing and walking allows patients to reduce reliance on ventilators and other equipment more quickly.
Because a burn impacts nearly every organ in the body, getting patients out of bed and encouraging movement right away is crucial. We help address systemic injury and preserve the strength patients need to heal and engage actively in their own recovery. Patients in intensive care can expect two to three hours of therapy a day divided into condition-appropriate intervals.
A Functional Recovery
As patients become stronger, they are able to participate in therapies that improve their function, scar tissue and overall strength. Patients in our acute care and step-down units participate in five to six hours of therapy a day, all focused on their individual needs.
For burn patients, movement is limited by scar tissue, not orthopedic injury. As burn-certified providers, we use techniques that elongate scar tissue so underlying muscles achieve a pre-burn range of motion. We treat not only the burn, but the surrounding area, to restore smooth, gliding movement. At the same time, our team continues to address a patient’s overall health, helping build pulmonary and cardiovascular endurance, core strength, proper body positioning and more.
As patients overcome the acute phase of their injury, they may need additional rehabilitation to fully regain their pre-burn lifestyle. Our inpatient burn rehabilitation program keeps patients on the path to returning to normal activities. We work with patients for five to six hours a day on the specific skills they need for work, personal care, sports, hobbies and more.
A Certified Hand Therapist is available to support patients who need specific therapy for self-care and vocational skills. Our additional expertise helps patients regain the complex positioning, control and functionality of the hand and arm they need to achieve their maximum ability.
A successful discharge and return home is our goal for every patient we treat. We constantly evaluate patients’ discharge options and help with the planning, modifications, and patient and family education required for a safe return to the home setting.
When patients are discharged, we encourage them to continue their rehabilitation with us on an outpatient basis. Scar tissue can take a full year to mature, so it is important to continue working on elongation and loosening to maintain fluid motion. Our outpatient program typically includes three to six hours of therapy a day, depending on a patient’s personal work and living needs.