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Contractures

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What is Contracture?

The term “contracture” refers to muscle shortening and decreased flexibility in a joint. Some people may be born with contractures, while others develop them after an injury or surgery. Contractures are most commonly found in the hands and feet, but they can also affect other areas of the body.

Contractures can occur anywhere in your body, but they’re most common in your arms and legs.

Contracture most often occurs after stroke or spinal cord injury. It may also be a complication of joint replacement surgery, or it may result from pressure on a nerve root (caused by spinal stenosis).

The side effects of contracture include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the affected area
  • Joint instability that leads to an increased risk of dislocation or fracture

What are the types of Contractures?

Contracture is a condition that causes your muscles to contract and tighten, which can lead to deformity in the affected limb. There are several types of contractures, including:

Capsular Contracture

This occurs when scar tissue forms around the joint and restricts movement. It’s most often seen in the shoulder and hip joints.

Dupuytren’s Contracture

This type of contracture affects the hand, causing fingers to bend toward the palm and become claw-like.

Muscle Contracture

This type of contracture is rare but can cause muscle tightness or stiffness.

What are the causes of Contracture?

The causes of contractures vary depending on what part of your body is affected. Some common causes include:

Injury or trauma

Injuries such as breaks or fractures can cause contractures if they are not treated properly; they can also lead to nerve damage which can lead to long term contractures.

Nerve damage

Nerve damage can lead to muscle wasting and contracture; this type of damage can be caused by strokes or spinal cord injuries for example.

Muscle disorders

Muscle disorders such as muscular dystrophy can cause muscle wasting which may result in contractures over time if left untreated.

Tumors

Tumors that grow on nerves can cause nerve damage and muscle wasting which may lead to contractures over time if left untreated.

What are the symptoms of Contracture?

The most common symptoms of contractures include:

  • A loss of movement in one or more joints.
  • Sensation loss in the affected area. This can include numbness, tingling and pain.
  • Painful muscle spasms (contractions) that occur when you try to use the affected muscle.

What are the risk factors for Contracture?

Contracture is a condition that affects the muscles and joints, causing them to become so tight they can’t move. Contractures are most common in people who have paralysis or nerve damage.

There are several risk factors that contribute to contractures:

  • Injury or disease affecting nerves or muscles
  • Lack of movement in a joint or limb for a long period of time (such as with paralysis)
  • Sedentary lifestyle or lack of exercise
  • Age

What are the Different Methods to Correct Contractures?

The most common way to correct contractures is with surgery, which can include removing scar tissue or realigning bones and joints. However, this can be costly and may not be covered by insurance.

There are also other methods to correct contractures:

Physical therapy

A physical therapist will help you stretch your muscles and tendons as well as teach you exercises to build strength and flexibility in your affected muscles.

Bracing

Braces can be custom-made for specific parts of your body, such as one leg or arm. They are often made out of plastic or fiberglass, but they may also be made out of leather or other materials that soften over time.

Splints

Splints are used to keep certain parts of your body straight while they heal. They’re usually made out of metal bars that bend at certain angles so they won’t press against any sensitive areas on your skin.

Surgery

If all else fails, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem altogether—but this should always be a last resort!

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What are the treatments for Contracture?

One of the most common treatments for contracture is stretching exercises. This can be done with physical therapy, or through exercise bands at home. The goal of these exercises is to make sure that you’re not over-tightening your muscles or tendons, which can lead to additional problems like muscle spasms or nerve damage.

Another option is surgery, but this is only recommended when other treatments have failed. Surgery involves cutting away some of the tissue around a joint so that it has more room to move around freely; however, this can take several months after surgery before any improvement is felt in terms of pain levels or range of motion (ROM).

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What brace is used for Contracture?

There are two kinds of braces that can be used for Contracture: dynamic and static progressive orthoses.

A dynamic brace is a brace that has a strap or belt to hold it in place, and it moves as you move. This helps stabilize your joints so they don’t move too much while you’re doing activities. These types of braces are useful if you have problems with your spine, hips, knees, ankles or feet.

A static progressive orthose is one that is either made out of plastic or metal and stays in the same position all the time. It has hinges that allow you to bend certain parts of your body without causing pain or discomfort. This kind of device is often used in cases where there are problems with the knees, hips or back but not necessarily with all three at once.

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