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Dr. Darren Corteen Dr. Corteen
Orthopedic Surgery
21 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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What can I do to treat loose ligaments and tendons?

What can I do to treat loose ligaments and tendons?

Strengthen muscles: You can't alter the tension in the ligaments around a joint without surgery. You can however optimize the function of the surrounding muscles or dynamic stabilizers of the joint. This, for example, is the initial approach in someone who has an inherently loose shoulder (loose ligaments without tearing) and is often successfull.

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Ligament Laxity (Definition)

Ligaments are soft tissue structures that support and protect the joints in the body. One of the ways ligaments do this is by restricting the range of motion a certain joint will have, thereby protecting them from injury. When ligaments are "lax", they do not restrict the range of motion of a joint putting the joint at increased risk of injury; for example a sprain of the ...Read more


Dr. Michael Bolesta Dr. Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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If you have loose ligaments in your back it is possible to have them tightened?

If you have loose ligaments in your back it is possible to have them tightened?

No: Strictly speaking no. Injured (torn) ligaments heal with scar, but are often longer than normal. Muscle strengthening can often compensate. If the ligaments are not functional, surgery is sometimes needed. Check with your doctor about your specific condition.

Dr. Danny Westmoreland Dr. Westmoreland
Family Medicine
32 years in practice
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
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My daughter has loose ligaments in her shoulder. Should she have surgery?

My daughter has loose ligaments in her shoulder. Should she have surgery?

Maybe no: The benefits have to outweigh the risk. A good orthopedic evaluation would tell if the shoulder would be restricted more and if the surgery is even necessary. Frequently exercise corrects this.

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr Dr. Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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My knee keeps collapsing due to loose ligaments, Anything I can to improve this?

My knee keeps collapsing due to loose ligaments, Anything I can to improve this?

Physical therapy.: It should be effective in minimizing the collapsing episodes, unless there is structural damage to the knee.

Dr. Christopher Dougherty Dr. Dougherty
Orthopedic Surgery
21 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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My knee keeps collapsing due to loose ligaments, how can I strengthen my ligaments?

My knee keeps collapsing due to loose ligaments, how can I strengthen my ligaments?

Knee instability: Unfortunately there is no way to strengthen ligaments. You can exercise the hip and leg to strengthen the muscles that control the knee. Otherwise bracing or surgery may be your solution.

Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What do you suggest if my knee keeps collapsing due to loose ligaments, how can I improve this?

What do you suggest if my knee keeps collapsing due to loose ligaments, how can I improve this?

Possibly: Prolotherapy is well researched and offered treatment that has shown good success. The basic theory is to strengthen the ligaments around the joint and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. Pretty cool stuff. There are some other treatments like stem cell injections that can help as well. Neither of these treatments are covered by medical insurance though.

Dr. Scott Hacker Dr. Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Should I be concerned if my knee keeps collapsing due to loose ligaments, how can I improve this?

Should I be concerned if my knee keeps collapsing due to loose ligaments, how can I improve this?

Yes: You should be concerned if your knee is unstable. This may indicate a ligament injury that will not improve without surgery. Have your surgeon evaluate your knee for ligament damage. Some ligaments will heal and some will not. Avoiding activities that give you a sense of instability will help protect your knees for permanent damage.

Dr. Robert Kornfeld Dr. Kornfeld
Podiatry
37 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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What causes loose ligaments in ankle/foot?

What causes loose ligaments in ankle/foot?

Loose ligaments: This can either be a congenital issue or acquired after ligamenbt injury that did not properly heal. It is important to be evaluated by a podiatrist to see what would be appropriate to stabilize your foot/ankle to prevent injury and disability.

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Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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What does having loose ligaments and my foot mean?

Flexible: It means that you have a very flexible foot and this can often times lead to injury.

Dr. Guy Foulkes Dr. Foulkes
Surgery - Hand Surgery
28 years in practice
Mercer University School of Medicine
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My left shoulder pops multiple times everytime I move it. It causes extreme pain in my trapezius and neck. Is it loose ligaments? How can I treat it

My left shoulder pops multiple times everytime I move it. It causes extreme pain in my trapezius and neck. Is it loose ligaments? How can I treat it

Shoulder instability: Sounds like you have multidirectional instability of your shoulder. Occasionally physical therapy can strengthen the rotator cuff muscles and stabilize this condition but often and arthroscopic or open shoulder stabilization surgery is necessary. I recommend you consult an orthopedic sports medicine doctor

Dr. Robert Kornfeld Dr. Kornfeld
Podiatry
37 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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What can be done for an injured foot/ankle and loose ligaments?

What can be done for an injured foot/ankle and loose ligaments?

Prolotherapy: Loose ligaments that do not provide adequate skeletal support can be strengthened by a technique known as prolotherapy. I have used it for 15 years with excellent success in most cases.

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Dr. Robert Grindstaff Dr. Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine
34 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Dr. Brent Nixon Dr. Nixon
Podiatry
40 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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Dr. Donald Collins Dr. Collins
Family Medicine
37 years in practice
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My knee is always swollen and uncomfortable to walk on. What's wrong with it? Occasionally my knee cap will dislocate because of my loose ligaments.

My knee is always swollen and uncomfortable to walk on. What's wrong with it? Occasionally my knee cap will dislocate because of my loose ligaments.

Sprain? Cartilage?: Swelling and pain with walking can be due to a sprain/strain, or a torn cartilage inside the joint. If this has been going on for more than a week or 2, you need to see a doctor and have it checked. Good luck!

Dr. Lee Stein Dr. Stein
Podiatry
18 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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I have loose ligaments all over I just got new custom inserts for my shoes for my flexible flat feet will the inserts help my knee too?

I have loose ligaments all over I just got new custom inserts for my shoes for my flexible flat feet will the inserts help my knee too?

They can: They can depends if your knee problems are related to the flatfeet. Flatfeet cause internal rotation of the tibia which can put strain on knee. A well mad custom orthotic can sometimes help people. Good luck!

Dr. Richard Perlman Dr. Perlman
Orthopedic Surgery
54 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Is ligament laxity a disease?

Yes or no: Ligament laxity can be a manifestation of a disease (usually hereditary) but most often, it is just the way you are made. Some people are loose-jointed and some are naturally stiff.

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino Dr. Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Is there any way to cure ligament laxity?

Is there any way to cure ligament laxity?

Physical therapy may: Ligaments are static stabilizers of joints. Muscles that cross a joint work as dynamic stabilizers. A goal of physical therapy is to help patients with joint laxity (loose ligaments and inefficient static stabilizers) improve their dynamic stability by improving the strength, endurance, and efficiency or reaction time and overall coordination to enable patients to avoid joint instability events.

Dr. Jeffrey Sider Dr. Sider
Sports Medicine
35 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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Is there any way to help ligament laxity?

Is there any way to help ligament laxity?

Exercise: Probably the best things would be to strengthen the muscles in the surrounding area of the joint with the laxity. Also, you can wear a splint, or have the affected area taped to provide additional support.

Dr. Mark Galland Dr. Galland
Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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What exercises make ligament laxity better?

Ligaments: There is not an exercise to help with ligament laxity, though exercise helps to strengthen the muscles around the joint that is typically stabilized by those ligaments. This helps recreate that lost stability.

Dr. Tariq Niazi Dr. Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical College
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I need some tips on dealing with ligament laxity?

Follow your docs --: Advise fully. Generally the ligaments gradually tighten as one grows older; pt to be done as advised ; supplemented with home exercises plan to be carried out without fail. All these activities are helpful due to increased strength in the muscles, so as to counter the effects of the laxity of the ligaments. Any episodes of dislocations/subluxations should be promptly reported to your orthopod.

Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more