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.
Koepke GH, Feller I. Physical Measures for the Prevention and Treatment of Deformities Following Burns. JAMA. 1967;199(11):791-793. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110063008