Scars

Scarring is the process by which wounds are repaired. Following an accident/surgery, our body responds to the injury by forming a collagenous ‘glue’. This body glue is called granulation scar tissue which holds all structures together while healing occurs.  In a perfect world this process progresses through the following stages:

1. Inflammatory Phase (0-3 days)

Characteristics: Redness and heat, increased swelling , pain around the area.

2. Fibroplastic Phase (2-24 days)

Characteristics: A change in colour of the scar, the scar is often bulky, rigid, raised and tender.

3. Remodelling Phase (24 days – year)

Characteristics: The scar become paler, smaller, less raised and more pliable

Unfortunately we know that not all scars live in the perfect world!!

Scars can become cosmetically unappealing, purple or red, feel hard or itchy, become raised, restrict movement, become hypersensitive and cause prolonged pain / swelling. Therefore proper scar management is important and should commence as early as possible.

We understand all scars are slightly different, so they are best managed with a customised program, but in most cases they can be managed at home by the patient.  We offer a range of services and products to assist with scar management.

  • Scar Desensitisation
  • Scar Mobilisation Massage
  • Pressure Garments / Splinting
  • Silicon Products
  • Oedema Management Techniques
  • Exercises designed at decreasing adhesions

Our friendly and highly skilled occupational therapists are happy to answer and address all your enquiries, so please do not hesitate to contact us.