Learn About Contracture Deformity

What is the definition of Contracture Deformity?

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, and ligaments surrounding a joint. They affect range of motion and function in a certain body part. Often, there is also pain.

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What are the alternative names for Contracture Deformity?

Deformity - contracture

What are the causes of Contracture Deformity?

Contracture can be caused by any of the following:

  • Brain and nervous system disorders, such as cerebral palsy or stroke
  • Inherited disorders (such as muscular dystrophy)
  • Nerve damage
  • Reduced use (for example, from lack of mobility or injuries)
  • Severe muscle and bone injuries
  • Scarring after traumatic injury or burns
How do I perform a home exam for a Contracture Deformity?

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

  • Doing exercises and stretches
  • Using braces and splints
When should I contact a medical professional for Contracture Deformity?

Contact your provider if:

  • A contracture seems to be developing.
  • You notice a decreased ability to move a joint.
What should I expect during a doctor appointment?

The provider will ask about your symptoms. Questions may include when the symptoms began, whether or not you have pain in the affected area, and what treatments you've had in the past.

Depending on the cause and type of contracture, you may need tests such as an x-ray.

Treatment may include physical therapy, medicines, and orthopedic braces. Surgery may be helpful for some types of contractures.

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Johannes Kepler University Linz

Heidelberg, BW, DE 69118

Matthias Klotz is in Heidelberg, Germany. Klotz is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Contracture Deformity. He is also highly rated in 7 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Contracture Deformity, Spastic Diplegia Infantile Type, Cerebral Palsy, and Foot Drop.

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Medical University Of Graz

Graz, AT 8036

Martin Svehlik is in Graz, Austria. Svehlik is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Contracture Deformity. He is also highly rated in 5 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Contracture Deformity, Spastic Diplegia Infantile Type, Cerebral Palsy, and Foot Drop.

 
 
 
 
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Department Of Burn And Plastic Surgery, The Affiliated Hospital Of Zunyi Medical University, 563003 
Zunyi, CN 

Zairong Wei is in Zunyi, China. Wei is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Contracture Deformity. They are also highly rated in 1 other condition, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Contracture Deformity, Necrosis, Larynx Atresia, and Squamous Cell Skin Carcinoma.

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What are the Latest Advances for Contracture Deformity?
Effects of expanded frontal-parietal pedicled flap in reconstructing cervical scar contracture deformity in children after burns.
Clinical effects of free transplantation of expanded thoracodorsal artery perforator flaps in reconstructing cervical cicatrix contracture deformity after burns.
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Clinical effects of free transplantation of expanded ilioinguinal flaps in the reconstruction of severe scar contracture deformity after extensive burns.
Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date: July 25, 2020
Published By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Campbell TM, Dudek N, Trudel G. Joint contractures. In: Frontera, WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 127.

Miller RH, Azar FM, Throckmorton TW. Shoulder and elbow injuries. In: Azar FM, Beaty JH, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 14th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 46.