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Facts about  Arthrogryposis / Joint Disorders

Arthrogryposis is a birth defect that describes a wide variety of joint disorders. The joints can be fused, deformed or stiff. This occurs in approximately 1 in every 3,000 live births (which is very rare). Many different factors or conditions can cause Arthrogryposis.

Anytime a fetus is unable to move freely in the womb, Arthrogryposis can occur. This can be due to cramped quarters (as occurs with multiple births), low levels of amniotic fluid or a misshapen uterus.

Challenges
  • Because other conditions may cause Arthrogryposis, it is important to check for underlying medical conditions, especially problems with the heart, lungs or kidneys.
  • Treatment
  • Regardless of the cause of Arthrogryposis, treatment most often requires physical and occupational therapy where the affected joints are gently moved every day to help loosen the joints and strengthen the connecting muscles. Sometimes splints are applied to help straighten joints and surgery can be performed to release or remove excess fibrous tissue around the joints. Compression dressings and anti-inflammatory agents can be used to reduce swelling if it occurs.
  • The severity of Arthrogryposis varies from case to case and most children can lead productive lives with the aid of adaptive equipment and therapy.
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