I found an interesting article online which addresses the recent epidemic of contractures in nursing homes.Contractures are injuries, usually sustained by the elderly in nursing homes, which limit their mobility and range of motion. When residents enter nursing homes with preexisting medical conditions they often times do not receive the proper amount of physical exercise. This decrease in regular movement leads to degeneration and increased stiffness in the joints, and ultimately leads to contractures. The article discusses three common ways nursing home residents can prevent contractures from developing.
You can read the full article online here.