Review| Volume 11, ISSUE 2, P94-99, February 2010

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Contractures in Nursing Home Residents

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      Contractures represent a common but preventable source of excess disability among nursing home residents. They result in many negative consequences such as pain, increased fall risk and decreased functional ability. Studies of prevalence vary in the definition of contracture and thus the exact enumeration, but consistently report the commonality in the nursing home setting. In this population, the clinician should focus on tertiary prevention and/or treatment. Methods such as those consistent with restorative care nursing have shown improvement in function and are a reasonable recommendation as a preventive measure for contractures. Assessment, prevention, and treatment approaches are discussed.


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