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What are finger contractures in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Finger contractures are when the fingers are more than simply tight (spasticity), but actually shortened muscles or tendons from being contracted for too long. This makes the fingers look like they are tight and abnormal. One should not simply assume that every tight finger muscle is a contracture. For example, dystonia (abnormal or "bad" muscle tone) may appear to you as a contracture, but it is completely different and has different treatments. Your neurologist can help you determine whether or not yours is a true contracture.

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