Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which is characterized by multiple congenital contractures of joints and poorly formed or fibrotic muscles which impedes motor development and function, is a fairly rare condition occurring in approximately 1 in 3000 live births.

The pediatric physical and occupational therapists at Duke have a long history of treating this condition and have expertise in splinting, casting and bracing to preserve or improve muscle length and joint mobility; have a strong knowledge of biomechanics and resources for fitting adaptive equipment to assist and/or restore function; and, employ many therapeutic techniques to improve strength, range and function.

Our therapists work together with the family, the child’s medical team and the community care providers to create a coordinated plan of care that is designed to address the goals of the patient and family and enable them to gain as much function and independence as possible.

 

PT Treatments

  • Splinting/Bracing
  • Casting
  • Equipment assessment and training
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Functional Mobility Training
  • Gait Training
  • Taping/Kinesio taping
 

OT Treatments

  • Splinting/Bracing
  • Casting
  • ADL Equipment & Training
  • Fine motor training and adaptations
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Taping/Kinesio taping
 

Related links:

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