A contracture deformity is the result of a stiffness or constriction in your muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, or skin that restricts normal movement. It develops when your normally pliable connective tissues become less flexible. This means your range of motion will be limited. You may have difficulty moving your hand, stretching your legs, straightening your fingers, or extending another part of your body.
Contractures can occur in different parts of your body. A muscle contracture involves the tightening/shortening of the muscles. If you have a joint contracture, you will experience limited range of motion in an area of your body where two or more bones connect. Your skin can also become scarred (e.g., burned) and contract, limiting your ability to move that part of your body.