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A contracture causes the skin to feel tight after a burn. A contracture scar develops when nonstretchy, fiber-like skin replaces the normally stretch skin you had prior to the burn. The nonstretchy skin makes it very difficult to stretch the area and keeps you from moving the burned site normally. Sometimes physical therapy can help manage contracture burn scars. Exercising the area frequently may give some relief to the tightened skin. Still, surgery may be necessary if the contracture keeps you from having a normal, active life. Your doctor may recommend a skin graft or flap procedure to give you more movement at the site of the burn.
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