Arthrogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC) is the congenital joint contracture in two or more areas of the body. Children who are born with AMC experience muscle shortening due to abnormal fibrosis of the muscle tissue. This causes those with arthrogryposis to be unable to perform active extension and flexion in the affected joint or joints. AMC is divided into three groups: amyoplasia, distal arthrogryposis, and syndromic.
Quantum® child wheelchairs can help improve your child with arthrogryposis’ mobility and independence. Depending on the degree of your child’s condition, it is possible that he or she can be fitted for a complex rehab motorized wheelchair. The Edge 3 Stretto™ child wheelchair is compatible with a variety of power seating and positioning components, as well as drive controls, all of which are customized to meet his or her specific needs.
Another available feature of the Edge 3 Stretto child wheelchair is optional iLevel®. This power adjustable seat height allows your child to drive at 3.5 mph while elevated 12 inches so he or she can complete daily activities independently such as cooking, grooming, toileting, reaching and transferring. The Edge 3 Stretto child wheelchair base comes standard 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, skin integrity, comfort and function. TRU-Balance® 3 Power Positioning Systems on motorized child wheelchairs offer a wide range of options when it comes to positioning, including power tilt, power recline, power tilt and recline, power articulating leg rests, power articulating foot platform and iLevel. TRU-Balance 3 is more than its appealing look; it also provides comfort and maximizes functional independence.
Depending on the AMC type, your child may require expandable electronics on his or her child wheelchair. Q-Logic 3 Advanced Drive Controls allow your child to operate a motorized child wheelchair using a joystick. In addition to operating his or her motorized wheelchair, your child can also operate his or her smart phone or tablet using the Q-Logic 3 screen, which is standard with Bluetooth®. Q-Logic 3 can also be customized to include alternative drive controls such as a head array, chin control or switched driving.
If you are ready to purchase a motorized child wheelchair, check out our article on how to buy a wheelchair for children.