Arthrofibrosis and Synovial Lesions of the Knee

  • John C. Richmond
  • Iván Encalada-Diaz

Restriction of motion of any joint can result from arthrofibrosis. When this involves the knee, any loss of extension is particularly bothersome, because serious gait abnormalities can result. Although limitation of knee motion may result from minor injury or even diagnostic arthroscopy, it is much more common after major injury or surgery, as in multiligament injury of the knee or periarticular fractures. Factors associated with the incidence and severity of arthrofibrosis after surgery include the magnitude of the operative procedure, restriction of motion prior to surgery, and the duration of immobilization employed postoperatively [1–4].


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Patellar Tendon Posterior Compartment Continuous Passive Motion Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Richmond
    • 1
  • Iván Encalada-Diaz
  1. 1.Orthopaedic Surgery, New England Baptist HospitalTufts University School of MedicineBoston

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