The Correlation of Patient Self Assesment of Scar Tissue to Physical Therapist Evaluation

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Fladung, Olivia
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The body’s tissue cells that regenerate post injury form adhesions. These adhesions act as strong bonds that pull and shrink causing restricted motion within an affected area. For this study consented patients filled out a Patient Observation and Self Assessment Scale. This scale is also filled out by the patient’s physical therapist. The scores are measured, averaged and correlated with a Matched Pairs T Test. This study is to develop the understanding of patient self perception of their scars in comparison to the physical therapist’s evaluation. The patient gender, age range, surgery date, incision closure, and a picture is observed from the patient with consent. The vascularization, pigmentation, thickness, relief, pliability and evaluation score is taken from the therapist’s observation. The pain, itching, coloration, stiffness, thickness and irregularity is asked of the patient self observed of their scar and an average score is taken. I hypothesize that females and patients who do not manage their scars will have higher personal scar assessment scores in comparison to the therapist score. The same scar management routine is given to each patient recorded in data collection.