How do doctors treat burn injuries?

On Behalf of Renick Law Firm, PLLC |
Jan 22, 2022 |

After an oil field fire, you suffered severe burns. You have a lot of questions about your financial and physical recovery, but what you care about most right now is healing.

Mayo Clinic explains how medical care providers treat burn injuries. By understanding your treatment options, you may have a better idea of how to proceed with your personal injury case.

Occupational and physical therapy

If you sustained burns over a large part of your body, your medical team may recommend physical therapy exercises to help stretch the skin and keep your joints flexible. You could also engage in other exercises that strengthen your coordination and muscles. To help with day-to-day activities, you may require occupational therapy.

Medical treatment

After receiving first aid, expect your doctor to use various products and medications to support the healing process. Water-based treatments stimulate and clean damaged tissue with techniques such as ultrasound mist therapy.

Depending on your level of pain while undergoing treatment, you could need a prescription for anxiety and morphine. Your medical team may also recommend intravenous fluids to ensure you do not become dehydrated.

Surgical procedures

Undernourished patients and those with severe burns may require a feeding tube to help them get essential nutrients. If the oil field fire forced your throat to swell shut because of severe burns to your neck and face, you may require breathing assistance with a tube.

Burn scabs may restrict blood circulation if they wrap around a limb. If you have a scab around your chest, your physician could recommend cutting it to promote blood flow.

You may have a long road to making a full recovery after suffering burns. When you understand your treatment options, you may develop a viable recovery strategy.