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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Brittle Joints (Overview)

Describing a joint as brittle implies that it is predisposed to injury, which is to say that when a force is transmitted across a brittle joint it is more likely to be injured than a normal joint. Lack of sufficient range of motion, weakness, instability, and deformity can all predispose a joint to injury.


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What causes brittle bones and hyperflexibility?

What causes brittle bones and hyperflexibility?

Two different things: Brittle bone disease is more commonly known as osteogenesis imperfecta (oi). It is a rare, usually inherited disorder that causes bones to break easily due to the body’s low production of collagen.Hypermobility describes joints that stretch farther than is normal. For example, some hypermobile people can bend their thumbs backwards to their wrists, bend their knee joints backwards. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Brittle Joints (Overview)

Describing a joint as brittle implies that it is predisposed to injury, which is to say that when a force is transmitted across a brittle joint it is more likely to be injured than a normal joint. Lack of sufficient range of motion, weakness, instability, and deformity can all predispose a joint to injury.


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I've had a lump in my neck and enlarged lymph nodes since i was 6. Will this also cause brittle joints?

I've had a lump in my neck and enlarged lymph nodes since i was 6. Will this also cause brittle joints?

Probably not: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause brittle bones?

Can hypothyroidism cause brittle bones?

If uncontrolled.: Thyroid hormone has a very clear and important role in bone metabolism. Unless treated with thyroid hormone supplementation, hypothyroidism can indeed affect bone density and stregnth. ...Read more

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Can fractured joints cause arthritis?

Can fractured joints cause arthritis?

Traumatic arthritis: Djd, or degenerative joint disease, is basically arthritis in a joint, related to either milder repetitive trauma, or more serious trauma (like fractures into a joint) that happened previously. Very overweight patients are at risk for DJD of their knees and hips as they age. ...Read more

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Osteopenia, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease--differences?

Osteopenia, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease--differences?

Genetic or not: Brittle bone disease is an inherited disorder of bone that is called osteogenesis imperfecta. Osteopenia and osteoporosis are disease of the bone where there is decrease density of the bone. This is associated with age, hormonal change, medications, smoking and other issues. Basically the bone cells are out of balance and take away more bone than they replace. ...Read more

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Can l5/s1 facet joint ligaments become lax?

Can l5/s1 facet joint ligaments become lax?

Yes: If you are not working on your core muscles, overtime your ligaments in the spine can get lax resulting in extra wear/tear on the spine causing arthritis or pain in the facet joints. ...Read more

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Do brittle bones from osteogenesis imperfecta hurt?

Do brittle bones from osteogenesis imperfecta hurt?

The broken ones hurt: Osteogenesis imperfecta patients have weakened, brittle bones. The bones break easily and broken bones are painful. A patient appearing in pain should be checked for a new fracture. A person with o.I. Without fractures, probably does not have bone pain, unless he has some areas of small-scale bone damage from over-movement, stress, or pressure. O.I. Specialists can better evaluate such a patient. ...Read more

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Why are my ankles, hips, spine, hand joints and other joints cracking?

Why are my ankles, hips, spine, hand joints and other joints cracking?

Benign: The exact reason for joint cracking is not known, but is thought to be possibly due to nitrogen bubbles releasing from the joint, or tendons/ligaments moving around the joint. Unless there is consistent significant pain or instability associated with the cracking, nothing needs to be done about it. ...Read more

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Is osteogenesis imperfecta brittle bone disease?

Is osteogenesis imperfecta brittle bone disease?

Yes: They are the same - caused by a genetic mutation. ...Read more

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Osteoarthritis of the knee. Can it cause fractures or make bones brittle?

Osteoarthritis of the knee. Can it cause fractures or make bones brittle?

Not usually...: Usually it is the other way around. Fractures involving a joint often lead to post traumatic osteoarthritis in that joint ...Read more

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Joints cracking and bones grinding/creaking. Can this be some form of arthritis?

Joints cracking and bones grinding/creaking. Can this be some form of arthritis?

Yes: Simply yes it can. See a doctor some cracking , popping etc. Maybe normal but is associated with pain, deformity or dysfunction see a doc. ...Read more

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Just orthopedic or rheumatologist answer some hypermobile joints from ballet, gymnastics. Can these loose joints make the normal joints loose?

Just orthopedic or rheumatologist  answer some hypermobile joints from  ballet, gymnastics.  Can these loose joints make the normal joints loose?

Loose joints: Indirectly, you are putting additional stresses on muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints above a loose joint. If well-trained, you can accommodate for these weaknesses. ...Read more

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Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Collagen issue: Sounds more like a collagen issue. Unfortunately there not a treatment for poor collagen like there is for osteo-porosis. Still worth getting bone density, electrolytes, and hormones checked. (thyroid, para thyroid). ...Read more

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Is brittle bone disease genetic?

Is brittle bone disease genetic?

Usually: Osteogenesis imperfecta is a disorder of brittle bones. There is an abnormality in collagen 1 function, and so you are not able to make bones or other connective tissue structures correctly. This is why people often have "blue sclera" because the collagen is abnormal. Most cases are genetic, but a new mutation (not inherited) can be seen (about 35%). ...Read more

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If have some acquired hypermobile joints w/o symptoms, can joints above or below loose joint become loose as well?

If have some acquired hypermobile joints w/o symptoms, can joints above or below loose joint become loose as well?

All of them: ? If have Hypermobility Syndrome can isolated joints be more or less loose than others. No, all body ligaments have similar degrees of genetically increased laxity; especially spine where all ligaments are physiologically similar. The entire musculoskeletal system is homogeniously rubbery; in keeping with each individual's unique Hypermobility trait penetrance. ...Read more

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Dry skin and hair thinning, brittle nails, loose bowels,weak muscles, dry skin, poor digestion, fatigue, autoimmune, thyroid, vitamin, anemia r good?

Dry skin and hair thinning, brittle nails, loose bowels,weak muscles, dry skin, poor digestion, fatigue, autoimmune, thyroid, vitamin, anemia r good?

Thyroid?: Not sure what your question is, but some of symptoms sound like low thyroid function. Please consult your doctor for more tests. ...Read more

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Acquired hypermobile joints easily become looser as one ages.

Acquired hypermobile joints easily become looser as one ages.

It is possible.: Hypermobility may increase with time and age. As the joints and capsules get stretched out one may develop instability due to the increased hypermobility. ...Read more

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Can cracking your knuckles cause arthritis?

Can cracking your knuckles cause arthritis?

Depends!: With a hammer-absolutely. Otherwise, simple cracking is caused by releasing gas in joint fluid and does not cause chronic arthritis! ...Read more

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Can cracking your knuckles and joints cause arthritis down the road?

Can cracking your knuckles and joints cause arthritis down the road?

No: Studies have shown no link with developing osteoarthritis of the hands when you crack your knuckles. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more