Contractures lead to stiffness or tightening of tissues, including:
As tissue that stretches becomes less flexible, you might:
Risk factors that may cause contractures include:
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Symptoms of contractures include:
Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and perform an exam.
To help confirm a contracture diagnosis, your doctor may also order imaging tests, such as an:
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Doctors at UPMC Orthopaedic Care offer many contracture treatments to loosen and relax stiff areas.
Your doctor may use one or more of the following to treat your contracture:
If other treatments don't work, your doctor may suggest contracture surgery to:
The main goal of contracture surgery is to restore a full range of motion to the affected area.
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