Music and exercise in children with severe burns

Researchers from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas studied the effects of adding music and exercise to a rehabilitation program in children with thermal injury.

First, the details.

  • 24 severely burned children (ages 2 to 6 years) participated in a 12-week rehabilitation program.
    • 15 received standard care plus music and exercise.
    • 9 received standard care.
  • Researchers measured elbow and knee range of motion.
  • Groups were compared for demographics as well as active and passive ROM to bilateral elbows and knees.

And, the results.

  • Patients receiving the 12-week program significantly improved range of motion in all joints assessed except one.
  • Patients receiving standard care showed a significant improvement in only one of the joints assessed.

The bottom line?
“Providing a structured supplemental music and exercise program during occupational and physical therapy seems to improve both passive and active ROM to a greater extent than the standard care alone,” concluded the authors.

1/28/09 21:42 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.