Limb contractures are common impairments in selected progressive neuromuscular disease (NMD) conditions and can lead to such increased disabilities as worsening motor performance, decreased mobility, loss of ADL skills, and pain. This article reviews the pathogenesis of joint contractures in NMD, the prevalence of specific contractures among many common NMD conditions, and the role of optimal positioning, stretching, upright ambulation, orthotics, and splinting, as well as surgery in the prevention and management of contractures.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - 1998|
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