What is arthrogryposis?

Also known as: joint contractions, arthrogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC), distal arthrogryposis, Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, amyoplasia.

Arthrogryposis is a condition that impacts some babies at birth. The joints don’t move very much or might not move at all. This frequently impacts the arms and legs. Often the muscles responsible for moving the joints are thin, weak, or missing. This results in joint contractures (i.e., tight joints).


Reviewed by: Aaron J Berger, MD

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