Home > Exercise/Rehabilitation > What are Contractures? Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on Aug 13, 2012 by askdrcovington, Views: 2023 Contractures are one of the foremost culprits of disability. This chronic loss of joint motion due to structural changes in non-bony tissue can easily inhibit independence and activities of daily living. Dr. Covington discusses contractures and its effects.