Recovery from a major burn injury often includes physical therapy

On Behalf of Renick Law Firm, PLLC |
Sep 02, 2022 |

Severe burn injuries can result from catastrophic accidents, but they are also among the hazards of dangerous occupations.

If you suffer a serious burn injury, you may need treatment at a burn center, and the care you receive may include physical or occupational therapy.

Medical care

There are products and medications your medical team may use to help you heal from a severe burn injury:

  • Ultrasound mist therapy and other water-based treatments to clean the wound tissue
  • Intravenous fluids to prevent hydration
  • Pain and anxiety medications
  • Antibiotics and similar drugs to fight infection
  • Special dressings for burn wounds
  • Ointments and burn creams if you are not transferred to a burn center

Therapy programs

If the burn area covers any joints, physical therapy will help to stretch your skin to promote flexibility and assist you in regaining range of motion. An occupational therapist can help you resume normal daily activities. You may also benefit from psychiatric therapy if you experience mental and emotional trauma.

Burn complications

With a serious burn injury, you are vulnerable to complications such as infections, blood clots, respiratory issues, low blood volume, depression and anxiety. Your treatment will include early recognition and management of any complications that might develop.

A look ahead

As a burn victim, you may face a long and intensive recovery from both physical and psychological pain. However, ongoing therapy will help you heal so you can return to a normal lifestyle. If your injury was the result of negligence on the part of an individual or company, you have the right to expect maximum compensation to cover your current and future medical expenses, loss of income and more.