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Distal arthrogryposis is an important type of arthrogryposis. In these children, the knees and elbows are relatively spared, and the hands and feet more affected. There are more than 20 different subtypes of distal arthrogyposis, and the face and neck be affected in some.
Your doctor will look at your child’s arms and legs, muscle strength and joint range-of-motion to determine the specific needs of your child. The doctor will check the range of motion at each of the joints and watch to see what muscles your child can move on their own.
When a child with arthrogryposis is very young, your doctor may use a combination of casts and braces to help improve and maintain joint mobility. Braces are a very important part of treatment. The stiff joints in arthrogryposis tend to want to become stiff again after they have been loosened. The braces help to maintain the joint and muscles in a stretched-out position, which sometimes avoids the need for surgery.