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Contracture deformity

  • Definition
    • A contracture develops when the normally stretchy (elastic) tissues are replaced by nonstretchy (inelastic) fiber-like tissue. This tissue makes it hard to stretch the area and prevents normal movement.

      Contractures mostly occur in the skin, the tissues underneath, and the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joint areas. They affect range of motion and function in a certain body part. There is usually also pain.

  • Alternative Names
    • Deformity - contracture

  • Causes
  • Home Care
    • Follow your health care provider's instructions for treating contracture at home. Treatments may include:

      • Doing exercises and stretches
      • Using braces and splints
  • When to Contact a Medical Professional
    • Call your health care provider if:

      • A contracture seems to be developing.
      • You notice a decreased ability to move a joint.
  • What to Expect at Your Office Visit
    • Depending on the cause and type of contracture, you may need tests such as an x-ray.

      Physical therapy, medicines, orthopedic braces, or surgery may be helpful for some types of contractures.

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