Burn Rehabilitation Program

Burns can occur from a variety of sources, including heat, electrical, chemical, friction and radiation and are classified as first, second or third degree. Most first and second degree burns can be managed easily. Third degree burns, however, are more severe and often require skin grafts. Because the resulting scar tissue is “crumpled,” fluid movement is more difficult, leaving some patients with restrictive sensations, including tightness, difficulty breathing and weakness. Fortunately, Good Shepherd’s Burn Rehabilitation Program can help to alleviate many of these symptoms.

Staffed by a highly skilled team of physicians, therapists, and psychologists, our comprehensive Burn Rehabilitation Program is designed to ease your transition from an acute-care burn unit to a rehabilitation setting. All disciplines work closely together to help maximize your functional independence and facilitate your return to home and the community.

Burn Rehabilitation Services

  • Adaptations and training for daily living and everyday tasks
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Community reintegration through therapeutic recreation and community outings
  • Emotional support and counseling
  • Family education and conferences
  • Hand therapy
  • Home visits
  • Infection control (IV antibiotics)
  • Mobility training, including ambulation and functional transfers
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Speech and language therapy

What to Expect

As a burn patient, you may need specialized services, including wound cleansing, application of dressings, splinting and special positioning for comfort and to prevent the formation of contractures, or a shortening of the tissue. Movement therapy is also an important part of your recovery as scar tissue is a continual threat to normal movement.

Smoke inhalation injuries are also common with burns. Our specially trained respiratory therapists and speech and language pathologists will also help you with breathing, speech and/or swallowing issues.

Contact Us To Get Started

For more information on our Burn Rehabilitation Program or to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.888.44.REHAB (73422) or fill out the form below.

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