continuous passive motion

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A physical therapy for treatment of sports injuries that involves the application of an external force to take an injured joint through a predetermined range of motion. Special devices are available to deliver continuous passive motion, but an exercise bike can be used with the non-injured leg creating the required force. Continuous passive motion is sometimes used immediately after surgery to relieve pain, enhance nutrition of the joint, and to discourage the formation of contractures or adhesions in and around the injured joint. It is also used after total joint replacement.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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