A contracture scar can be defined as tightening of the skin overlying the affected area. This type of scar may affect the adjacent muscles, tendons and nerves leading to limitation in the ability to move.
A contracture is a serious complication; it happens when the normal elastic connective tissue is replaced with inelastic fibrous tissue. The fibrous tissue is resistant to stretching. Depending on where the contracture scar is located, the patient may have difficulty performing normal daily activities. This may occur because the contracture can inhibit movement. For example, if the contractures restrict range of motion of a joint.
Treatment of contractures: