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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Ligament Laxity (Overview)

Ligament laxity, also known as double joints, is a clinical finding in which a person's joints are more flexible than normal resulting in the ability to extend ligaments beyond where they are typically able to. This is more common in conditions that affect connective tissue.


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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. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
167 doctors shared insights

Ligament Laxity (Overview)

Ligament laxity, also known as double joints, is a clinical finding in which a person's joints are more flexible than normal resulting in the ability to extend ligaments beyond where they are typically able to. This is more common in conditions that affect connective tissue.


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Could having ligament laxity make the knee more prone to the treatment options for ligament laxity?

Could having ligament laxity make the knee more prone to the treatment options for ligament laxity?

?: U don't get treatment 4 lax ligaments if it is not due 2 an injury. Many times it is congenital & global, all joints. No treatment 4 that. ...Read more

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I have ligament laxity and I want to know if theres a treatment?

I have ligament laxity and I want to know if theres a treatment?

Muscle strengthening: Muscles are dynamic stabilizers of joints in motion. The strength and firing patterns of muscles can be optimzed through exercise (physical therapy) which may help to compensate for loose ligaments. This is the usual 1st line approach in a patient with symptoms of joint laxity. Only if this fails should surgical intervention be considered to tighten "loose" ligaments. ...Read more

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Ligament laxity make the knee more unstable?

Ligament laxity make the knee more unstable?

Yes: I would recommend a lot of quad and hamstring strengthening to strengthen the surrounding area. Also, use of a patella sleeve or knee brace would provide some exterior support and prevent exercise related instability. ...Read more

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Is ligament laxity a disease?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is any way to "cure" or help ligament laxity?

There is no CURE for: It. With age it does get less and less, slowly. Keeping stronger muscles with regular exercises will help to control things. See your orthopod for any specific problems, as in severe situations some of the joints might need to be fused, to optimize the function. Good luck and happy holidays. ...Read more

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