Arthrogryposis is a condition of the joints and muscles that impairs children’s abilities to use their shoulders, wrists, fingers, and lower extremities. From the early evaluation stages to creating a long-term treatment plan, Nemours’ world-renowned orthopedics experts will work closely with your family to determine the best arthrogryposis treatment for your child.
Arthrogryposis refers to a broad group of disorders that result in stiffness or loss of motion of multiple joints. There are many variations of this disease, some mild and some severe. In mild cases, only a few joints may be affected and the child may have nearly full range of motion. In extreme cases, nearly every joint is impacted, including those of the jaw and back.
For most types of arthrogryposis, we don’t fully understand why children have the condition. Some forms of arthrogryposis are the result of disorders of the nerves or muscles. Arthrogryposis can also be part of other medical conditions or syndromes.
Most forms of arthrogryposis cannot be cured. However, splinting, bracing, occupational and physical therapy, and orthopedic surgery can help to maintain and maximize a child’s range of motion and function.