Arthrogryposis [Presentation]

Arthrogryposis [Presentation]
Arthrogryposis is a medical condition that describes instances of joint contractures that are present at birth. Severity of the disease varies but many children achieve improved joint mobility and function if treatment begins at an early age.

Arthrogryposis is a condition that can affect the spine and most joints such as the hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and hands. Arthrogryposis may also be referred to as amyoplasia or arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). Escobar syndrome is a form of arthrogryposis where there is skin webbing at the joints (pterygium).

The severity of the disease varies from person to person. Treatment varies according to the cause and severity of the condition and may include physical therapy, casting, surgery, or a combination of these options. In many cases, when treatment begins at an early age, children can gradually become stronger and experience improved joint mobility and function that lasts the rest of their lives.

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David S. Feldman, MD
David S. Feldman, MD is Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and a professor of orthopedic surgery & pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center / NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, specializing in the care of children with complex scoliosis, arthrogryposis, hip dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and lower limb deformities.

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