Pediatric Wheelchairs and Arthrogryposis

Arthrogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC) is the congenital joint contracture in two or more areas of the body. The word “Arthrogryposis” originates from Greek and means “curving of joints.” Children who are born with joint contractures experience muscle shortening, due to abnormal fibrosis of the muscle tissue. Because of this, they are unable to perform active extension and flexion in the affected joint or joints. Arthrogryposis is divided into three groups: amyoplasia, distal arthrogryposis, and syndromic.

If your child has been diagnosed with arthrogryposis, Quantum® child wheelchairs can help improve his or her mobility and independence. Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, it is possible that he or she can be fitted for a complex rehab electric pediatric wheelchair that is customized to meet his or her specific needs. The Edge 3 Stretto™ pediatric wheelchair is compatible with a variety of power seating, positioning and drive controls.

The Edge 3 Stretto pediatric wheelchair is available with iLevel® power adjustable seat height, allowing your child to drive at 3.5 mph while elevated 12 inches so he or she can complete Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living (MRADLs), such as toileting, grooming, transferring, reaching and cooking. The Edge 3 Stretto pediatric wheelchair base is equipped with LED front and rear fender lights, allowing children to see and be safely seen while crossing parking lots or streets.

Depending on the severity of your son or daughter’s condition, he or she may require power positioning on his or her motorized child wheelchair to help maintain proper positioning, function, comfort and skin integrity. TRU-Balance® 3 Power Positioning Systems on electric pediatric wheelchairs offer a myriad of options when it comes to adjusting position, including power tilt, power recline, power tilt and recline, power articulating leg rests, power articulating foot platform and iLevel. TRU-Balance 3 looks good, feels good and maximizes functional independence.

Depending on the arthrogryposis type, your child may require expandable electronics on his or her pediatric wheelchair. Q-Logic 3 Advanced Drive Controls allow your child to operate an electric pediatric wheelchair using a joystick. Standard with Bluetooth®, Q-Logic 3 allows your child to operate his or her smart phone or tablet using the Q-Logic 3 screen. Q-Logic 3 can also be customized to include alternative drive controls such as a head array, chin control or switched driving.

Children with AMC may benefit from Stealth Products® wheelchair cushions. Each child wheelchair cushion offers a different function, such as general use and skin protection and positioning. Learn more about pediatric wheelchair cushions for your child.

If you are looking to purchase a pediatric wheelchair, check out our resources on how to buy a pediatric wheelchair and where to buy a pediatric wheelchair.

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