U.S. ARMY INSTITUTE OF SURGICAL RESEARCH
"Optimizing Combat Casualty Care"

Burn Center Rehabilitation


USAISR Burn Rehabilitation Center Mission Statement

Provide advanced, timely and research-based burn rehabilitation to all patients. Develop individualized treatment plans for each patient with the input of the patient and his or her family/caregiver. Prevent and correct burn scar contracture and deformity to maximize functional outcomes and promote patient independence. Actively pursue clinical research to improve the care of burn patients.


Occupational and Physical Therapy

Occupational and physical therapists and assistants compose the burn rehabilitation team at the U.S. Army Burn Center and function as active members of the inter-disciplinary team. Burn therapists begin burn rehabilitation interventions on the day of admission with initial and follow-up evaluations resulting in the development and implementation of treatment programs. Treatment objectives are to prevent and correct burn scar contracture and deformity while improving functional independence in mobility, self care activities of daily living (ADL) and return to work/leisure activities. Adaptive equipment and prosthetics are used when needed to improve independence and re-integration to the community. A continuum of care is available to our patients after discharge.


USAISR Burn Rehabilitation Center Goals


  • Restore patient mobility, activities of daily living, range of motion and strength
  • Promote scar tissue modeling and control scar formation
  • Prevent contractures and deformity, maintain functional position of joints
  • Protect burns, skin grafts, skin substitutes, and orthopedic injuries
  • Prepare patient to maximize prosthetic use when required
  • Minimize and prevent negative effects of bedrest
  • Adapt environment or patient equipment for enhanced independence
  • Maximize functional outcomes and return to work/school/leisure activities
  • Maximize patient and family education and participation
  • Assist patient and family with psycho-social adjustment
  • Actively participate in inter-disciplinary discharge planning
  • Actively pursue clinical research to improve the care of burn patients

Images for Training
Atlas of Burn Scar Contractures: A Patient Education Tool

An atlas of burn scar contracture images is available as a patient education tool at this link.