Pressure therapy for the control of hypertrophic scar formation after burn injury. A history and review

J Burn Care Rehabil. 1991 May-Jun;12(3):257-62. doi: 10.1097/00004630-199105000-00011.


Devastating functional problems can result from the formation of hypertrophic scar tissue after burn injury. Although a patient with burns may have several medical problems to contend with because of the injury, most ongoing rehabilitation difficulties are a consequence of the continual wound contraction that occurs in immature burn scars. Treatment of hypertrophic burn scar consists of several surgical options and of pressure therapy, which traditionally involves wearing garments made from elasticized fabric. This article reviews the treatment of hypertrophic scar tissue, with emphasis on its history and on nonsurgical methods of managing the burn scar.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burns / complications*
  • Burns / rehabilitation
  • Cicatrix / prevention & control*
  • Contracture
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy
  • Physical Therapy Modalities* / methods
  • Pressure
  • Skin / pathology
  • Wound Healing