Advertisement - hide this advert

'Arthro' means 'joint' and 'fibrosis' means 'scarring'. Arthrofibrosis means internal scarring of the joint, with possible consequent stiffness.

Arthrofibrosis is a complication of knee injury or surgery where an excessive scar tissue response leads to painful restriction of knee motion, with scar tissue forming within the joint and soft tissue spaces and persisting despite routine rehabilitation exercises and stretches. The term may involve flexion loss, extension loss or both.


Related Content

How to perform patellar mobilisations

A brief but high value eBook - fully illustrated - showing how to keep the tissues around the kneecap supple.

Arthrofibrosis frustrations - KNEEtalk spotlight #04

Some unfortunate knee patients find their progress with rehabilitation frustrated by issues related to adhesions and scarring inside the knee cavity.

This can happen to anyone, but in a particular group of people who seem to form an aggressive type of scar tissue their lives are turned upside down as they struggle to find the right people to help them. Read through this discussion between members of our bulletin board -


Link to discussion

"manipulation for