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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. Powlin Manuel
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What is loose jointed? Is it hereditary?

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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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
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Are there any health concerns with being double/loose jointed?

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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David Miller
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How can double jointing occur in babies?

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
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24 years in practice
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If divorcing, is it better to have joint custody?

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
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What is a "sharka" joint?

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. 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. ?

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. Benjamin S. Frank
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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I am 24 and already have recurrent joint pains, so what could it be?

I am 24 and already have recurrent joint pains, so what could it be?

Might be nothing...: Many people have the mistaken notion that they will never feel pain. Possibly, you are experiencing normal achiness related to work or to an exercise program. If, however, your pain is frequently disabling or is accompanied by significant swelling or stiffness, you might have a more significant illness. Discussing such issues with your internist, or even with a rheumatologist, may clarify things. ...Read more

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Dr. Amir Khan
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
21 years in practice
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My joints pop out of place a lot, i'm really young is this normal?

My joints pop out of place a lot, i'm really young is this normal?

Ligament laxity: Agree with dr nielsen. Although not always desirable, some people are born with excess ligament laxity. They can usually hyperextend their elbows and fingers. It can be associated with underlying connective tissue disease and warrants medical evaluation by a rheumatologist. Most cases are benign and can be treated with therapy to stabilize the muscles around the joint. Rarely surgery is performed. ...Read more

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Dr. Betty Keller
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29 years in practice
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I have multiple joint pains, what could I have?

I have multiple joint pains, what could I have?

Get Evaluated: There are many causes of joint pain including arthritis. If you have multiple joint pains, you need to be evaluated. Getting a correct diagnosis and treatment options will relieve your pain and help prevent the condition from getting worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel McClurg
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What materials are artificial joints made of?

What materials are artificial joints made of?

Many things: Total joints can be made out of various metals including stainless steel, cobalt-chrome, or titanium, and the inserts are made out of these metals, or plastic, or ceramics. ...Read more

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