When it comes to auto accident injuries, people may think of whiplash or broken bones. Whiplash affects the muscles to varying degrees and broken bones require weeks to heal once medical professionals help to set the injury.
Another severe injury in auto accidents is burns. Burns, once catastrophic enough, often require specialized care and, as Physiopedia details, need rehabilitation and therapy from day one.
Healing from inception
Even though it may not feel like it, injuries begin healing once sustained. Burn injuries require immediate attention because of this. A bad enough burn may alter and damage the structure of muscles and tendons. Without immediate prevention and physiotherapy, the body may heal itself in the wrong position. Burn sites may deepen without preventing oedema. Contractures, where muscles and tendons shorten and harden, may grow worse.
Healing over the months
After the initial healing, burn victims have a post-healing stage that involves improving muscle strength and managing scars. Ideally, recovery has succeeded enough for a burn victim to revisit old hobbies and reintegrate into society. In the case of skin grafts, there is a period of low mobility to make sure it takes.
Healing over the years
As the National Library of Medicine describes, burn injuries affect mortality anywhere from five to 10 years after the injury at least. It is important for anyone suffering from severe burns to continue with their recovery over the years—be it physically, mentally or psychologically.
All of this recovery comes at the cost of time and money with the help of experts. Those recovering from burn injuries may have options for compensation through a negligence or damages case.