Scar Management

Why do we have scars?
Scarring is the process by which wounds are repaired. Following an accident/surgery, our body response to the injury by forming a collagenous ‘glue’. This glue is called granulation scar tissue which holds all structures together while healing occurs.

Importance of scar management
We at Hand Works Occupational Therapy value the importance of appropriately managing your scars. Scars can cause joint stiffness, tendon adhesions and may become cosmetically unacceptable if not managed correctly. Proper scar management is vital and the earlier the intervention the better the outcome.

Flags for us to review your scars includes:

  • Scaring of aesthetic concern regions to patient especially face, décolletage, hand etc
  • History of keloid or hypertrophic scarring
  • Risk of adhesions affecting mobility i.e. over bony prominences or joints where movement places tension over healing wound- hand, elbow, knee
  • Other risk factors for poor healing e.g. Wound infection, poor nutrition or vitamin E, C and protein deficiencies, smoking and nicotine substitution, UV light exposure and occupational/environmental considerations

We offer a range of services and products to assist you with your scars. This includes and not limited to:

  • Scar massage
  • Compression therapy including bandaging and pressure garments
  • Topical treatments e.g. silicone gel
  • Movement and exercise prescription
  • Splinting and casting to address scar related contractions
  • Managing pain and hypersensitivity e.g. desensitisation exercises
  • Assessing and managing sensory changes e.g. sensory mapping and re-education

If you have any queries regarding our scar management program, please contact us on 1300 887 798.


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