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Arthrogryposis is a condition in which a baby is born with joint contractures. This is a loss of movement, or a smaller range of motion, in the joint. Normally, joints have stretchy tissue. If there is a contracture, this tissue is replaced by a “non-stretchy” tissue. Without the stretchiness, joints may have a limited range of movement. If extra tissue forms around the joints, they may even be “locked” into place.
About 1 in 3,000 babies is born with arthrogryposis. Fortunately, it’s not progressive, meaning it doesn’t get worse over time. With the right treatment, most children born with arthrogryposis can lead healthy, productive lives.
Symptoms may vary from child to child but most children with arthrogryposis have trouble moving their affected joints. Additionally some of the main signs include:
At OIC, we take the proper steps to identify, diagnose and treat your child’s arthrogryposis. Our orthopedic specialists analyze how the joints formed and how they are affected, sometimes using an X-ray, MRI or computed tomography (CT) scans to confirm the diagnosis.
Arthrogryposis can range from mild to severe, and treatment is different depending on the severity. Most of the time, arthrogryposis can be treated without surgery. A child may be treated with:
If your child needs surgery, the procedure is designed to release (loosen) the joints, muscles or tendons that are restricting movement.
At OIC, we take a collaborative approach to diagnosing and treating arthrogryposis. Our team of experts are led by the following specialists:
Other members of the team may include:
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