con·​trac·​ture | \ kən-ˈtrak-chər How to pronounce contracture (audio) \

Definition of contracture

: a permanent shortening (as of muscle, tendon, or scar tissue) producing deformity or distortion

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One of the complications, which happens in about 5 percent of cases, is development of scar tissue called a contracture or stricture that can occlude the urine channel again, requiring more operations. Dr. Jared G. Heiner, idahostatesman, "A new treatment for an old prostate problem | Idaho Statesman," 6 May 2018 Certain stretches will be emphasized throughout rehabilitation (especially bending and extending the knee) to avoid scarring contractures and possible follow-up surgery (advanced stretches for the thigh and hamstrings are shown). Colin Hoobler,, "Colin Hoobler: A closer look at Moe Harkless' knee injury and timeline for recovery," 5 Apr. 2018 Apitherapy -- the medicinal use of bee hive products, including honey, pollen and bee venom -- was the woman's go-to treatment for stress and contractures, a tightening of her muscles that caused stiff joints. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Live bee sting acupuncture is deadly for Madrid woman," 22 Mar. 2018 He was born with arthrogryposis, a condition that causes joint contractures, or a loss of joint movement due to a shortening of the muscles. Karina Bland, azcentral, "The power of an orange ball: How coaches Eddie Martinez and David Solano give back on a basketball court," 21 Nov. 2017 Surgery might be required for delayed presentations of milder (grade 1-2) injuries which have been complicated with contractures., "Injury Analysis: Everything You Need to Know About Gareth Bale’s Calf Injury in 1 Minute," 10 Oct. 2017 When warming up on the field before Sunday’s game, Bradford was seen with a slight flexion contracture (knee doesn’t straighten all the way), limp and favoring the knee. Profootballdoc,, "Making sense of Mike Zimmer's assessment of Sam Bradford," 17 Sep. 2017 Other hand sculptures in the exhibit will be accompanied by before and after surgery photos of patients with conditions that deform the hand in similar ways, including Dupuytrens contracture, Apert syndrome, and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Greg Miller, WIRED, "The Real Medical Conditions Behind the Deformed Hands in Rodin’s Sculptures," 7 Apr. 2014 Marra’s sister died in November after a life spent battling rheumatoid arthritis, and Marra has a physical deformity of his own to deal with: Dupuytren’s contracture, which has left some of his fingers contorted. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "The Eatons, Competing for Different Countries, Are on the Same Team," 11 Aug. 2016

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1658, in the meaning defined above

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con·​trac·​ture | \ kən-ˈtrak-chər How to pronounce contracture (audio) \

Medical Definition of contracture

: a permanent shortening (as of muscle, tendon, or scar tissue) producing deformity or distortion — see dupuytren's contracture

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