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The mobilization of joints is a common field of neglect. The patient with a stiff joint following fracture is often told that time alone will bring a restoration of the normal range of motion, which is in a degree true, but the patient so dismissed feels, and is, neglected, for much time can be saved for him by proper treatment. Not this alone, but many a brilliant success in fracture treatment is greatly overshadowed in the patient's estimation by the resultant stiffness following the removal of splints. In addition to the cases in which time alone usually successfully obtains the normal range of motion, is the group of immovable joints, and cases of limited range, which, if neglected, do not improve, and which, with the exception of those of bony ankylosis, exuberant callus or displaced fragments following fracture — cases of mechanical obstruction to be relieved alone by operation—brilliantly respond
STRACHAUER AC. THE MOBILIZATION OF JOINTS BY MEANS OF THE RUBBER BANDAGE. JAMA. 1911;LVI(10):710–712. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560100002002