Limb contractures in progressive neuromuscular disease and the role of stretching, orthotics, and surgery

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-211
Number of pages25
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Volume9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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