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How Tighten Loose Ligaments
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.
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
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.
Physical therapy.: It should be effective in minimizing the collapsing episodes, unless there is structural damage to the knee.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Flexible: It means that you have a very flexible foot and this can often times lead to injury.
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
My hips have popped out of place then right back in for about 4 years. My doctor said I have loose ligaments. What is the treatment?
13 yr old girl tore three of the four ligaments in her ankle. Surgically repair but ankle gives way constantly. Apparently she's got 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.
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!
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.
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.
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