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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Overview)

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 a smooth, coordinated way.


Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
26 years in practice
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Are there any health concerns with being double/loose jointed?

Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
26 years in practice
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Yes possibly: Patients with very lax or stretchy tissue are at increased risk of joint injury and soft tissue tears/injury. Also, it is highly recommended to work on antigravity and postural strengthening to prevent spine related problems as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
1,190 doctors shared insights

Joints (Overview)

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 a smooth, coordinated way.


Dr. Powlin Manuel
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
46 years in practice
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What is loose jointed? Is it hereditary?

Dr. Powlin Manuel
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
46 years in practice
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What is loose jointed?  Is it hereditary?

Ehlers-Danlos Syndro: Ehlers-danlos syndrome with l-loose joints is due an inherited disorder related to an abnormal gene from either mother or father. The disorder result in loose joints, elastic skin, easy bruising, and even heart valve problems, depending on which area the tissues are affected. The diagnosis is made by clinical examination. Skin biopsy and gene studies are also used. ...Read more

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David Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
5 years in practice
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How can double jointing occur in babies?

David Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
5 years in practice
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How can double jointing occur in babies?

Relaxin: Pregnant moms make a hormone called relaxin in their bodies. This helps their ligaments to soften to allow their pelvis to expand during child birth. This also allows baby's joints to be hyper-flexible as well. Combined with the cartilaginous (and highly flexible) skeleton of a newbie, you have the "double-jointing" to which you refer. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Ho
Board Certified, Psychiatry
25 years in practice
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If divorcing, is it better to have joint custody?

Dr. Andrew Ho
Board Certified, Psychiatry
25 years in practice
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If divorcing, is it better to have joint custody?

Parenting: Is hard, because it is never easy for two people to agree on how best to raise children. Add to this the emotions and hurt feelings linked to broken dreams of a divorce, joint custody can make parenting even harder. Every family is unique, but welfare of children must come first. It is not about fair division of custody, but what is best to prevent future problems. Family evaluation is helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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What is a "sharka" joint?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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What is a "sharka" joint?

I think : You mean charcot joint. This is a serious condition of a foot where the bones and joints in a foot start to collapse or self destruct. One should not walk on such a foot as weight bearing will casue the damage. Medical attentiob by podiatrist or orthopedist to manage the condition is recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Glenn Burns
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
14 years in practice
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Why do natural joint last longer.

Dr. Glenn Burns
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
14 years in practice
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Why do natural joint last longer.

Fake not as good: Artificial joints fail on the shear fact of being artificial. They don't self repair like our bodies, so they do not heal with wear and tear. The also cause local inflammation in/around bone causing "metalosis" (chromium and cobalt deposits from prosthesis in tissue around joint) causes complications. As bone ages, it may also weaken & not secure the prosthesis, allowing movement/malalignment. ...Read more

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Dr. Elise Sadoun
Board Certified, Family Medicine
9 years in practice
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My entire body constantly hurts. I have hyper extensible joints and i'm not sure what can help me i'm in so much pain every day. ?

Dr. Elise Sadoun
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My entire body constantly hurts. I have hyper extensible joints and i'm not sure what can help me i'm in so much pain every day. ?

See a doctor: There are many causes for what you are feeling, and all require a physical exam and diagnosis by a doctor. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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My joints pop out of place a lot, i'm really young is this normal?

Dr. Edward Neilsen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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Hyperflexibility: If ligaments and tendons - the "ropes" that hold our joints together - are loose or weak, the joints can be more mobile, even to the point of popping out. If it is is more than one joint, your doctor may want to check you for some connective tissue problems. Usually, however, this can be helped with physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles. ...Read more

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Dr. David Epstein
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
19 years in practice
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I feel like the left side of my face is tense and my joints are a bit achey. I am only 19 so I don't know if I should be worried.

Dr. David Epstein
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
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I feel like the left side of my face is tense and my joints are a bit achey. I am only 19 so I don't know if I should be worried.

Jaw joints: Sounds like, from your brief description that you are clenching or grinding your teeth. Could be during the day (clenching due to stress, or grinding at night. Studies show 90% of the population grind or clench their teeth. Go see your dentist and enquire about an NTI or a night guard that you will be custom fitted for. If you wear that for at least 7-10 days straight, take Advil, youll get better ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
27 years in practice
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What does flexing a joint mean exactly?

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
27 years in practice
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What does flexing a joint mean exactly?

See below: All joints have different types of movement. For instance, the elbow has only the ability to flex and extend. To flex the elbow, you bring the hand close to the shoulder. To extend the elbow, you straighten it out again. Flexing the hip brings the knee close to the belly, extending the hip straightens the leg out. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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