Scar Massage Following Hand Surgery

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Jun 22,2016 @ 02:11 PM

Hand surgeons carefully plan their incisions for surgery and recommend therapy protocols following surgical interventions to prevent abundant scar formation. While some scarring is a necessity for closure of a surgical wound, too much scarring or thick, hypertrophic scarring may cause loss of motion and sensitivity.

For example, a trigger finger release procedure allows the tendon to glide more easily through the A1 pulley area, however adherent scarring at this surgical site can impede the glide of the flexor tendon.

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Prevention and Treatment of Adherent Scars

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Aug 20,2015 @ 12:56 PM

Scarring is a normal response to soft tissue injury in which fibrous collagen tissue replaces pre-injury skin and surrounding tissue. Scar tissue begins as weak crosslinks across a wound, but remodels and strengthens especially with tension from neighboring skin.  At times the scarring process is uneventful, but scarring can also work like a type of glue causing adherence of structures under the superficial scar that results in

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