Joints maintain their normal range of motion by being moved. Stiff joints from injuries cause pain and permanent deformities that can make it difficult to perform your normal daily activities.
ROM (Range of Motion) exercises are used to regain the flexibility of the joints and ligaments, prevent scar tissue from forming after surgery or injury, and to reduce loss of muscle tone.
When you have reached the stage of healing and recovery where ROM exercises are appropriate, specific maneuvers will be introduced to maximize your recovery.
There are active ROM exercises and passive ROM exercises. Your condition, injuries, and stage of healing will determine which type of ROM exercise is appropriate for you.
Flexibility and function of the joints is a very important component of your long term satisfaction after healing from an injury.
Remember, move it or lose it. ROM exercises are a very important part of your recovery.