Treatment for burns
The treatment for burns depends on their degree and extent. Common approaches include:
Consult with an expert: An Accredited Hand Therapist is a physiotherapist or occupational therapist with expertise in the finger, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
First-degree burns: Cool the burn with cold, running water and apply a clean, sterile dressing. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be used for pain and inflammation.
Second-degree burns: Gently clean the burn, apply a sterile dressing, and use over-the-counter pain relievers as needed.
Third-degree burns: Third-degree burns are a medical emergency. Do not attempt to treat them at home. Seek immediate medical attention.
Recovery and rehabilitation
Recovery from burns can be a long and challenging process. Here are some essential points to consider during the recovery:
Follow advice: Adhere to the treatment plan recommended by your Accredited Hand Therapist.
Wound care: Proper wound care is essential. Dressings may need to be changed regularly, and you should keep the area clean to prevent infection.
Rehabilitation exercises: If the burn affects mobility or function in the fingers, hand, wrist, or upper limb, exercise may be necessary to regain strength and mobility.
Scar management: Depending on the severity of the burn, scars may form. Scar management techniques may be used to improve their appearance and functionality.
Emotional support: Burns can have a profound emotional impact. Seek support from friends, family, or mental health professionals if needed.
Patience: Burn recovery can be slow. Be patient with yourself and the healing process.
Find a local Accredited Hand Therapist
Patients can find a local Accredited Hand Therapist on our website using the link below.