June 30, 2016: Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) is a condition that causes many joints to be stiff and crooked at birth. A newborn with AMC lacks the normal range of motion in one or more joints. A joint that lacks normal range of motion is called a joint contracture. These joint contractures develop before birth (prenatally) and are evident at birth (congenitally); and,

WHEREAS, joints that can be affected by AMC include the hands, feet, hips, knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists, fingers, toes, the jaw and the spine. Any and all joints can be affected but it is possible for some joints to be unaffected. No two people are affected exactly the same way; and,

WHEREAS, AMC occurs in 1 in every 3,000 live births; and,

WHEREAS, a newborn has to have three contracted joints in two different body areas to be given a diagnosis of AMC; and,

WHEREAS, AMC is an umbrella diagnosis, meaning that it is part of many other conditions and syndromes. There are over 400 different types and Amyoplasia as well as Distal Escobar Syndrome are the more common types. Some individuals never have their type of AMC identified; and,

WHEREAS, AMC is not curable but it is very treatable. Treatment goals are usually promote as much independence as possible in daily life;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 30, 2016 as Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Awareness Day in Michigan.