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March 13, 1967

Physical Measures for the Prevention and Treatment of Deformities Following Burns

Author Affiliations

From the departments of physical medicine and rehabilitation (Dr. Koepke) and surgery (Dr. Feller), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

JAMA. 1967;199(11):791-793. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110063008

Deeply burned tissues undergo inflammatory changes that often lead to contractures and ultimate deformity. Less deformity will occur if the burned segments of the body are placed in a functional position and if passive exercises are given during the periods of debridement and initial grafting. Reconstructive procedures should be followed immediately by the judicious use of splints that will maintain the corrected position and reduce the need for repeated operations.