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What does flexing a joint mean exactly?

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.

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What can I do for cervical pain? Its in the region of atlanto-occipital joint. It is relieved by cervical extension & lateral flexion but its tempory

What can I do for cervical pain? Its in the region of atlanto-occipital joint. It is relieved by cervical extension & lateral flexion but its tempory

Try physical therapy: At your age I would recommend you see your primary care dr. And get an rx for neck physical therapy. If all that fails than see a qualified pain specialist for possible cervical epidurals.

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3mm lump on epl tendon snags painfully at pip on slight flexion. Any excision risks? Fluid escape from joint capsule? Cause ganglion? Other risks?

3mm lump on epl tendon snags painfully at pip on slight flexion. Any excision risks? Fluid escape from joint capsule? Cause ganglion? Other risks?

Real cause?: Epl tendon inserts at the base of the middle phalynx so central slip snagging at pip joint is more likely a tear in fibers extending from lateral band to central slip causing abnormal shift of tendons. There is no structure that central slip [epl] would get caught on. Lump is most likely scar. Recommend splinting protocol first before considering any surgery. F/u with hand surgeon.

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What exactly does it mean when a surgeon "cleans out" a joint?

What exactly does it mean when a surgeon "cleans out" a joint?

Remove disease: Of course, each joint is different, but a classic example of what you are asking about is a knee arthroscopy the removes any loose or torn cartilage, whether it is the cartilage on the ends of the bones (femur, tibia, patella) or tears of the rubbery meniscal cartilage. The surgeon might also remove thickened joint lining (synovium) or other scar present within the knee.

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What are the chances of getting RSD in the knee joint from a rescope? I was told I have a mechanical issue in the knee what exactly does that mean??

What are the chances of getting RSD in the knee joint from a rescope? I was told I have a mechanical issue in the knee what exactly does that mean??

Knee symptoms: Although it is possible to get RSD after a knee arthroscopy, it is uncommon. Mechanical issue would refer to some structure like the meniscus, ligament or articular surface which has been injured and keeping the knee from working normally (i.e. Knee has pain swelling, stiffness, locking and or giving way)RSD is sometimes difficult to treat and may take 12- 18 months to improve and or resolve

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Had MRI of TMJ both sides due to jaw pain. Surgeon said joints were slightly compromised. What does this mean exactly please?

Had MRI of TMJ both sides due to jaw pain. Surgeon said joints were slightly compromised. What does this mean exactly please?

Ask the Surgeon: "Compromised" can refer to one or more of a number of aberrations, not all of which require treatment. Ask the Surgeon to point out to you exactly what he/she is seeing on the images obtained.

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What does it mean to have boggy joints?

What does it mean to have boggy joints?

RA: The joint feels a little swollen and "mushy" compared to normal. Http://www. Webmd. Com/rheumatoid-arthritis/guide/preventing-joint-damage-rheumatoid-arthritis.

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What does it mean if your double jointed?

What does it mean if your double jointed?

Loose ligaments: Being double jointed means that your ligaments allow more motion than other people's, i.e. That they are a little lax. Hypermobile is a term that physicians use to describe the situation where a patient's ligaments and soft tissue allow more motion of the joint than is typical. Often times, people without a medical background use the term double jointed to describe the same situation.

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What does it mean if someone if double jointed?

What does it mean if someone if double jointed?

Elastin: You are double jointed because you have too much elastin in the ligaments that control the extremes of motion of your joints. This allows for too much potential motion and therefor injury.

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What does narrowing of the first mcp joint mean?

What does narrowing of the first mcp joint mean?

Arthritis: Narrowing of the first mcp joint is usually due to some form of arthritis to the area. This may have several causes, as I would visit with my hand specialist or orthopedist before further narrowing or destruction occurs.

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There appears to be mild medial joint space loss bilaterally. What does this mean?

There appears to be mild medial joint space loss bilaterally. What does this mean?

Medial joint space: You are born with a specific amount of joint space and through aging, wear and tear, arthritis, etc, that space can lessen. Mild means just a little, and medial means to the inside of the joint near your body. Have the Dr. Clinically correlate theses findings with your physical exam to see if you need any treatment.

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What does it mean to dislocate a joint?

Definition: Joints have different degrees on stability. Some joints are naturally more stable than others. All joints require soft tissue restraints in the form of ligaments and muscles to increase their stability. When these structures are stretched or torn the joint can become unstable and pop out of place and is then termed a joint dislocation.

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Pain in both pinky joints. What does this mean?

Pain in both pinky joints. What does this mean?

Need more info: Need more info? Is there a swelling is it related to trauma is it related to overuse? A list of possibilities it can be inflammation or infection. So if you're overly concerned see your doctor.

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What does inflammation of all body joints mean?

What does inflammation of all body joints mean?

Systemic disease: It means there is swelling and pain involving several joint all over the body. It indicates a systemic process generally involving your immune system overactivity. There are lot of diseases that can produce generalized polyarthralgias and inflammation. If you are having these symptoms, get checked by a rheumatologist who can run several tests to figure it out for you. Good luck.

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What could inflamed joints and lesions all over body mean?

What could inflamed joints and lesions all over body mean?

Infection or more: Ghonorrhea can do this, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis. See a doctor soon. Just because it goes away it does not mean that the problem is gone it could just be deaper in your body and cause more serious problems.

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What does piascledine 300 exactly do to joints? Thank you :)

What does piascledine 300 exactly do to joints? Thank you :)

Piascledine: Is an herbal supplement that contains extracts of soybean and avocado. It seems to work as an anti-inflammatory, inhibiting interleukin 1, stimulating collagen formation in the chondrocytes (collagen producing cells), and even potentially promoting bone forming cells or osteoblasts. In some comparisons, it seems to be as effective as glucosamine-chondroitin. Safety studies have been reassuring.