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Physical therapy at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston focuses on returning patients’ lives after serious burn injuries

Physical therapy at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston focuses on returning patients’ lives after serious burn injuries

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston, physical therapy begins the day a child with an acute burn injury is admitted into the hospital’s intensive care unit. With the goal being to return the patient to pre-burn levels of functioning, patients are evaluated on day one and the process begins bedside to regain the patient’s mobility. This is primarily to combat muscle weakening due to long periods of bed rest, as well as to avoid hypertrophic burn scarring, or tightening, from happening during the healing process and constricting their overall mobility.

As the patient continues to recover, the rehabilitation team will work closely together to address their needs over their course of treatment; especially as they grow and heal from their very painful injuries. Sometimes these needs are very basic, like regaining the ability to walk again, or to feed themselves after losing fingers or even limbs. With the assistance of pressure garments, masks, prosthetics and other devices also prepared by the hospital’s rehabilitation department, patients can successfully mitigate their scarring and return to living their best life.

According to physical therapist Christopher White, the greatest reward for Galveston’s entire physical therapy staff is “seeing a child go from being at their lowest level of functioning the day they arrive, to skyrocketing” in their recovery. This is evident for all to see them walking the halls of the hospital laughing and smiling again.