I’m featuring arthrogryposis on the site because this is the one I was born with. I figure if you have to start learning about different disabilities, start with the one this author has.
So What Is It?
Arthrogryposis (Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita) is a medical term describing the presence of a muscle disorder that causes multiple joint contractures at birth. It can cause lack of muscle build as well as stiff joints.
In some cases, few joints may be affected and the range of motion may be nearly normal. In the “classic” case it can affect hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, feet and knees. In the most severe cases, nearly every body joint may be involved, including the jaw and back. Arthrogryposis is relatively rare, occurring in approximately one in 3,000 births.
Arthrogryposis means crooking of the joint. It comes from the Greek “arthro-“, joint + “gryposis “, crooking. Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita can be translated (very roughly) as “lots of crooked joints at birth.”
There was a time, very early on, I thought, “Am I the only one?”. But it was not long before I started to learn of others that have the same disability and have reached out to learn how this affects them and how they have dealt with life’s challenges If you have done a Google search, you’ll find there are a few support groups already out there for this disability. It too is a great resource to learn more.