What is it?

A contracture deformity, is the result of stiffness or constriction in the connective tissues of your body. If there’s contracture in the joint capsule where two or more bones connect, you’ll experience limited range of motion in that area of your body.

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Signs & symptoms

Contracture deformity restricts normal movement. It develops when the usually pliable connective tissues become less flexible. This means that the range of motion will be limited. You may have difficulty:
* moving the hands
* stretching the legs
* straightening the fingers
* extending another part of the body


The doctor will do a physical exam and ask about the medical history. Be prepared to explain your symptoms. The doctor may ask you about:
* the specific location of the problem
* the intensity of the symptoms
* how much movement you still have
* how long the movement of that area has been restricted

Your doctor may order X-rays or other tests to diagnose your condition.


Physical therapy and occupational therapy are two of the most common treatments for contractures. They help to increase the range of motion and strengthen the muscles.
Physical therapy sessions require regular attendance for best results. The physical therapist and occupational therapist can show you exercises to do at home. They can also provide hands-on therapy to improve your mobility.

Devices- a patient may need to wear a cast or a splint to help stretch the tissues near the problem area. A continuous passive motion (CPM) machine may be used to keep moving the affected part of your body.
Medication- the doctor may prescribe medication to reduce inflammation and pain. For people with cerebral palsy, botulinum toxin (Botox) is sometimes injected into muscles to reduce tension and minimize spasms.
Surgery- Surgery may be needed to lengthen muscles or repair ligaments, tendons, or bones damaged in an accident.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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