Purpose: The presence of hypertrophic scars, which cross lower extremity joints, can often result in decreased range of motion, limitations in functional mobility, and gait deviations. This article reviews a case and describes a multimodal treatment approach.
Summary of Key Points: A 6-year-old girl developed aggressive hypertrophic scars following a burn injury. A multimodal treatment approach, including splinting, elastomers, and physical therapy, was developed.
Conclusions: Rapid improvements were demonstrated in measured objective outcomes.
Recommendations for Clinical Practice: Early multimodal intervention, in addition to range of motion, stretching, massage, and compression garments, is recommended when treating hypertrophic scars. This case suggests that further study into a multimodal treatment approach may be beneficial to develop a standardized protocol for more efficient scar management.
A case report featuring a multi-modal intervention to address functional mobility limitations and gait deviations related to hypertrophic scars in a child burn survivor.
Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock.
Correspondence: Miranda Yelvington, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Slot 104, Little Rock, AR 72202 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At the time this article was written, all authors were practicing at Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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