To continue on with the ladies (Mel and Michele) of Ketchup With Us making a list every day for the whole month of June! I thought I’d give you guys some fun things for you to read. This month represents something pretty important for not only me, but my family as well! You see, I talk about my disability but I hardly ever give you information about how I got it. This whole month the AMC Facebook page is posting different pictures of educational notes of how you can get it and what can be affected by it. I wanted to do a similar thing but I wanted to share it on here for my wonderful readers! So if you don’t know what Arthrogryposis is and a little back story about what have, this should help you out. If you’d like to read more about it. Go to the Facebook page that I have highlighted up top!
- Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenital (AMC) means multiple fixed joints. For me, my arms and legs are servely affected My arms don’t extend from the elbow.. I’ve got both of my arms and I have limited movement of my knees.
- A fixed joint is called a joint contracture; it doesn’t move. My arms don’t extend from the elbow.
- AMC happens around 8 to 10 weeks after conception.
- AMC is not a problem in the formation of the joint or limb; it’s a problem caused by disruption of movement in the uterus.
- Some types of AMC are genetic, some are not. Mine isn’t. I’m the first in my family to get it.
- Every single person was born without the line in their wrist or inner elbow; you create those when you move around in the womb.
- Physical therapy stretches, and long stretches through serial casting can help gain range of motion. If I didn’t have physical therapy from the time I was a baby and until now as an adult, I wouldn’t be able to get my arms to stretch out up and down, I can somewhat move my hands up and down but not a lot.
- People with AMC can live normal life spans.
- AMC does not get worse, only better.
- It is commonly said that people with AMC have above-average intelligence, theorized to be because they have to find different solutions to problems due to their physical limitations.
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