Limited joint mobility syndrome in diabetes mellitus: A minireview

Esther G. Gerrits*, Gijs W. Landman, Leonie Nijenhuis-Rosien, Henk J. Bilo

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Limited joint mobility syndrome (LJMS) or diabetic cheiroarthropathy is a long term complication of diabetes mellitus. The diagnosis of LJMS is based on clinical features: progression of painless stiffness of hands and fingers, fixed flexion contractures of the small hand and foot joints, impairment of fine motion and impaired grip strength in the hands. As the syndrome progresses, it can also affect other joints. It is important to properly diagnose such a complication as LJMS. Moreover, it is important to diagnose LJMS because it is known that the presence of LJMS is associated with micro-and macrovascular complications of diabetes. Due to the lack of curative treatment options, the suggested method to prevent or decelerate the development of LJMS is improving or maintaining good glycemic control. Daily stretching excercises of joints aim to prevent or delay progression of joint stiffness, may reduce the risk of inadvertent falls and will add to maintain quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1108-1112
JournalWorld Journal of Diabetes
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2015


  • Diabetic cheiroarthropathy
  • Limited joint mobility
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Joint stiffness
  • Advanced glycation endproducts


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