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Arthrogryposis derives its name from Greek, literally meaning ""curving of joints”. It is the congenital joint contractures in two or more areas of the body found throughout the body since birth. A contracture is a condition in which a joint is fixed permanently in a bent restricting the movement of the affected joint.
HOW IS ARTHROGRYPOSIS DIAGNOSED?
There is a lot of research going on prenatal diagnosis. It can be diagnosed prenatally in almost 50% of the cases. It can be detected during routine ultrasound scanning. The latest 4D ultrasound is very helpful in detecting Arthrogryposis. The diagnosis for postpartum situations involves physical exam, ultrasound, MRI or muscle biopsy.
HOW IS ARTHROGRYPOSIS TREATED?
The treatment of Arthrogryposis includes occupational therapy, physical therapy, splinting and surgery. The primary long-term goals of these treatments are increasing joint mobility, muscle strength and the development of adaptive use patterns that allow for walking and independence with activities of daily living.
DID YOU KNOW?
In cases where Arthrogryposis affects two or more different parts of the body, it is called as AMC Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Congenital clubfoot is the most common single contracture and its prevalence is one in 500 live births.