By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles
Let’s talk scars and facts:
Scar tissue is of poorer quality than regular tissue; therefore it is more sensitive to UV light. Be sure to protect your scars with SPF!
Don’t be surprised when hair doesn’t grow back in your scars. Hair follicles and sweat glands do not regenerate in scar tissue.
Some scars can be sensitive to touch or clothing or can cause pain, but manual therapy can often reduce sensitivity and pain!
If you have a problematic scar be sure to talk to your physical therapist who can likely improve the scar with manual therapy as well as teach you how to work on your scar at home!
Some scars will overproduce scar tissue resulting in thickened and/or raised scars. These scars are called keloids. It’s not clear why some scars develop into keloid scars and others don’t.
Some folks don’t realize that stretch marks are a type of scar! Stretch marks can occur when there is a rapid stretching of the skin like during a growth spurt, pregnancy or weight gain.
Most scars can be mobilized approximately eight weeks after the injury or surgery occurred. If complications occur during healing it could extend this waiting period so it’s always best to check with your physician before initiating scar mobilization.
Scars are a part of being human. Whether they happen naturally (stretch marks) or not (surgery, etc.), everyone has them.
Are you unable to come see us in person in the Bay Area, Southern California or New England? We offer virtual physical therapy appointments too!
Virtual sessions are available with PHRC pelvic floor physical therapists via our video platform, Zoom, or via phone. For more information and to schedule, please visit our digital healthcare page.
In addition to virtual consultation with our physical therapists, we also offer integrative health services with Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS. Jandra is a pelvic floor physical therapist who also has her Master’s degree in Integrative Health and Nutrition. She offers services such as hormone testing via the DUTCH test, comprehensive stool testing for gastrointestinal health concerns, and integrative health coaching and meal planning. For more information about her services and to schedule, please visit our Integrative Health website page.
Melissa Patrick is a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher and is also available virtually to help, for more information please visit our therapeutic yoga page.
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