Treatment, Rehabilitation and Therapy

The efficiency and effectiveness of post-burns surgical procedures as well as physical rehabilitation, psychological therapy and the science surrounding skin grafts are all increasing due to advances in this area, so with the right guidance and some hard work, a burns victim can improve their condition in an attempt to return to a position as close to normality as possible.

The treatment, rehabilitation and therapy provided for burns victims aim to allow the injured person to have a good quality of life by maximising their independence by teaching techniques for them to live independently with their injuries, imparting knowledge on how to look after their wounds to restrict the possibility of infection and structuring their time to ensure their activity levels are as high as possible.

Our experienced panel of expert serious injury solicitors understand the importance of treatment, rehabilitation and therapy in the recovery and improvement process. They also recognise the need for emotional support for an injured person and their family in order to ensure that the challenging recovery process is confronted with full effort and without the need for the family to sacrifice other aspects of life, such as education or employment. Our expert solicitors’ experience of burns claims is invaluable in order that they may obtain on your behalf the compensation that you and your loved ones need to begin the rebuilding process after your injuries, starting with tailored treatment, rehabilitation and therapy.

Stages Of Rehabilitation

At The Hospital

Ideally, rehabilitation for burn injuries will commence on the first day of hospital admission, even if this means that it must coincide with continual treatments such as operations. At this early point in time, it is important that particular practices are carried out to ensure the long term health of the burns victim.

The burns victim will usually require regular changes to the dressings and bandages that cover their exposed injuries, which can be extremely frightening to witness for them due to the often graphic visual nature of burn injuries. Thus, it may be pertinent for such burn victims to be taught coping and distraction techniques for these difficult moments.

It is also crucial that particular areas of the patient’s body such as the limbs and the injured areas are elevated to reduce the possibility of oedema, which is the build up of excessive fluid in limbs and body extremities that can lead to severe secondary injury in these areas.

Encouraging Normal Daily Life

It is imperative to place much of the duty for the recovery on the injured person themselves, on the condition that this does not overwhelm them, especially in terms of facilitating their ability to complete ordinary tasks, such as bathing and getting dressed without excessive help.

A sense of responsibility for their own care and recovery gives a burns victim a greater sense of self-worth and encourages the redevelopment of their independence in order to eventually maximise it in an attempt for them to lead a normal life in the future.

Education

It is of tremendous importance that a burns victim is well-informed of what they must do to contribute to their recovery in terms of self-care and wound management, as well as the reasons why they must do particular things, in order to reinforce the significance of certain tasks.

Educating them about their burn injuries gives them encouragement that the trial they are going through in the difficult process of rehabilitation will bear fruit. Additionally, it will help psychologically in providing the injured victim with sufficient knowledge to be able to talk to people about their injuries and recovery, even if this is just to their family to begin with, as a way of accepting their situation.

Types Of Therapy

Psychotherapy

One type of psychotherapy, called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is extremely effective. It generally targets those with or at risk of depression as a result of their injuries. It aims to discover how an individual’s thought processes affect their actions and the way their actions affect their thought processes. By targeting thought processes and actions that reinforce them, negativity in their thinking can be reduced while positive thoughts are encouraged. This can help to reduce stress levels and allow a person to look ahead to the future by adopting a positive outlook.

Depression of the injured person or a family member can hinder the physical recovery of the injured person, especially if a burns victim has PTSD, so different types of psychotherapy aim to address or avoid problems such as depression by tackling psychological and emotional frailties.

Occupational Therapy

Tasks that were previously considered simple by the injured person, such as bathing, are likely to be difficult for many of those suffering from serious burn injuries. This type of therapy aims to maximise a person’s independence by helping them to adapt to their new level of capability in order to perform the tasks they need to do on a daily basis.

Physiotherapy

Burns victims have to adapt to their new level of capability in terms of mobility and movement. A physiotherapist will help a burns victim redevelop their strength and range of movement with an exercise regime tailored to their specific needs.

Joints affected by burns should be stretched and exercised a number of times a day so they can return to their full range of movement or as close as possible to it.

This can often be very arduous and demoralising as a process, so the support of the family is vital. This also links to the reason why the use of interactive games and interesting activities that incorporate remedial targets are a successful way of ensuring the gradual progression of a burns victim’s condition.

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