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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


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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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How can torn ligaments and ruptured tendons heal wrong?

How can torn ligaments and ruptured tendons heal wrong?

Depends: There is a big difference between ligaments and tendons. Tendons connect muscles to bones, if certain tendons are torn they need to be treated surgically (achilles, biceps, rotator cuff). Ligaments are the ropes that connect bones to bones, many times these heal on their own. ...Read more

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Can the knee's ACL and PCL ligament injuries heal naturally?

Can the knee's ACL and PCL ligament injuries heal naturally?

Acl/pcl healing: If an acl and PCL tear these ligaments do not typically heal; this is due in part to the synovial environment in which these ligaments reside as well as the demand that is exacted on these ligaments. Whether one is symptomatic with these injuries is in large part measured by the degree of activity in which a patient participates in and the number of hours one is actively engaged. ...Read more

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Can l5/s1 facet joint ligaments become lax?

Can l5/s1 facet joint ligaments become lax?

Yes: If you are not working on your core muscles, overtime your ligaments in the spine can get lax resulting in extra wear/tear on the spine causing arthritis or pain in the facet joints. ...Read more

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Could torn ligaments affect muscle growth?

Could torn ligaments affect muscle growth?

Not really: Ligaments connect bones to one another. Tendons are what attach your muscles to the bones. So there really is no correlation between a ligament tear and muscle growth. ...Read more

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Hypermobile spine can that cause lax ligaments in hips?

Hypermobile spine can that cause lax ligaments in hips?

Yes and no: The ligament issue on the spine will not directly affect ligament issues in the hips, but ligamentous laxity is usually a systemic condition and as such can affect the hips, spine, and other joints. ...Read more

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Is prolotherapy effective for strained l5/s1 facet joint ligaments?

Is prolotherapy effective for strained l5/s1 facet joint ligaments?

Yes: Yes prolotherapy is well researched and offered treatment that has shown good success. The basic theory is to strengthen the ligaments around the facet joint and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. Pretty cool stuff. ...Read more

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What are lax ligaments?

What are lax ligaments?

Synonymous w/ loose: Lax is short for laxity. Lax ligaments are describing ligaments that are loose and have increased laxity. There is a spectrum of laxity that is normal within all joints. Some people are looser or tighter than others. If one has no symptoms or limitations, no treatment or remedy is warranted. If pain or instability is present, the increased laxity is said to be abnormal (pathologic or patholaxity). ...Read more

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Does ankle torn ligament effect basketball skills?

Does ankle torn ligament effect basketball skills?

Yes: Until complete healing occurs it will effect your skills. Basket ball is a very demanding sport with sudden stops, pivots etc.. If haven't been checked please do so and healing time will be determined once grade of sprain is determined. ...Read more

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How can rib ligaments be injured?

How can rib ligaments be injured?

Degeneration, trauma: Are common causes. Ribs also have cartilage in front that can get misplaced during injury or even during sleep. ...Read more

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What takes the longest to heal torn muscle, torn ligament, or torn tendon? Area is back and knee.

What takes the longest to heal torn muscle, torn ligament, or torn tendon? Area is back and knee.

Torn muscle: Healing depends on degree of trauma, type of muscle, location of joints, age, and degree of rest. Like wise so many variable. Some doesn't heal at all without surgical treatment. ...Read more

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What is lateral collateral ligament laxity?

What is lateral collateral ligament laxity?

Loose ligament: Laxity is an orthopaedic term for looseness. Normally, ligaments don't really stretch much. If a ligament gets partially torn, it can be functionally lengthened which can make a joint unstable. Some people have more lax ligaments than others. If there are no symptoms of instability, no worries! ...Read more

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Could ligament laxity lead to arthritis?

Could ligament laxity lead to arthritis?

Yes: Yes, especially in knees. That is why exercises and sometimes surgery to correct instability are important. ...Read more

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Torn ligament, surgery helpful for ankle area?

Torn ligament, surgery helpful for ankle area?

Maybe: If the ligament is fully torn and the foot is in pain and ustable then surgery would be helpful. ...Read more

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Torn cartlidch from wrist bone?

Torn cartlidch from wrist bone?

Wrist: Sounds like tfcc, or triangular fibrocartilage complex tear. Consider initial splint/rest/nsaids, etc. Conservative treatment first, before considering arthroscopic removal, debridement, or repair. ...Read more

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Can patella tendonitis develop into a torn ligament?

Can patella tendonitis develop into a torn ligament?

Yes: Any time there is enough inflammation in a tendon and with the right stress, the tendon can rupture. See a reputable orthopedist or sports medicine physician for consultation if concerned. ...Read more

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