A contracture is a shortening and thickening of the connective tissues (muscle, tendon or scar tissue) surrounding a joint. A Contracture results in restriction of a joint's normal range of motion. There are two types of Contractures: Fixed Contracture - no movement in the joint and Non-Fixed Contracture - some movement in the joint. Contracture Splints are indicated for Non-Fixed Contractures. Connective tissues are cell elements that establish structure and shape. Connective tissues make up the entire musculoskeletal system that includes muscles, tendons and ligaments. If left untreated a contracture could result in permanent impairment of a joint's normal function.