Four weeks of mobility after 8 weeks of immobility fails to restore normal motion: a preliminary study.

@article{Trudel2008FourWO,
  title={Four weeks of mobility after 8 weeks of immobility fails to restore normal motion: a preliminary study.},
  author={Guy Trudel and Jian Zhou and Hans K. Uhthoff and Odette Laneuville},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  year={2008},
  volume={466 5},
  pages={1239-44}
}
Prolonged immobilization reduces passive range of motion of joints creating joint contractures. Whether and to what extent these iatrogenic contractures can be reduced is unknown. We raised three questions using an animal model: What degree of contracture remains at the end of a defined remobilization period? Do contractures in sham-operated and immobilized joints differ? What is the contribution of the posterior knee capsule in limiting knee extension? We immobilized one knee of 11 adult male… CONTINUE READING

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