Effects of a 12-week rehabilitation program with music & exercise groups on range of motion in young children with severe burns

Christine Tuden Neugebauer, Michael Serghiou, David N. Herndon, Oscar E. Suman

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Abstract

Previous studies indicate that rehabilitation programs supplemented with a strength and endurance-based exercise program improve lean body mass, pulmonary function, endurance, strength, and functional outcomes in severely burned children over the age of 7-years when compared with standard of care (SOC). To date, supplemental exercise programming for severely burned children under the age of 7-years has not yet been explored. The purpose of this study was to determine if a 12-week rehabilitation program supplemented with music & exercise, was more effective in improving functional outcomes than the SOC alone. This is a descriptive study that measured elbow and knee range of motion (ROM) in 24 severely burned children between ages 2 and 6 years. Groups were compared for demographics as well as active and passive ROM to bilateral elbows and knees. A total of 15 patients completed the rehabilitation with supplemental music and exercise, and data was compared with 9 patients who received SOC. Patients receiving the 12-week program significantly improved ROM in all joints assessed except for one. Patients receiving SOC showed a significant improvement in only one of the joints assessed. Providing a structured supplemental music and exercise program in conjunction with occupational and physical therapy seems to improve both passive and active ROM to a greater extent than the SOC alone. (J Burn Care Res 2008;29:939-948)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)939-948
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Research
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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