The consequent pain may lead to the cascade of quadriceps weakness, patellar tendon adaptive shortening and scarring in the tissues around the patella—with an end stage of permanent patella infera—where the patella is pulled down into an abnormal position where it becomes vulnerable to joint surface damage. In severe cases of arthrofibrosis the disorder becomes progressive and the whole capsule may become thickened and tight with almost no movement possible in the joint.
Despite this potentially disastrous cascade of events, patients with developing arthrofibrosis and early patella infera may avoid the necessity for surgical intervention by participating in a closely supervised therapy programme. The key is early recognition and referral to a unit experienced in dealing with arthrofibrosis.
Treatment of posttraumatic arthrofibrosis of the radioulnar joint with vibration therapy (VMTX Vibromax Therapeutics(TM)): A case report and narrative review of literature
Mar 01, 2008; Objective: To present the clinical features of post traumatic Arthrofibrosis and response to treatment with Vibromax...