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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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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Ligament Laxity (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is scoliosis caused by lax ligaments?

Is scoliosis caused by lax ligaments?

No real cause: Most common scoliosis called idiopathic... No cause identified. There are other types of scoliosis caused by neuro-muscular disease or from traumatic injury ...Read more

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I have been told I have lax ligaments but its causing a lot of pain I am having hydrotherapy just wondering what i could do to stop hurting so much?

I have been told I have lax ligaments but its causing a lot of pain I am having hydrotherapy just wondering what i could do to stop hurting so much?

Reevaluate: Lax ligaments can be a genetic condition but more commonly it is a post traumatic condition in one or two areas. Hydrotherapy should not cause pain. Please consult with a rehabilitation physician familiar with hydrotherapy and other techniques for trauma and pain. Ibuprofen works best for bone and joint, not ligament problems. ...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 there a link betw thin fingernails, sores above upper lip for years despite balm & screen, & lax ligaments? I live on m&m's and beer. Poor diet?

Is there a link betw thin fingernails, sores above upper lip for years despite balm & screen, & lax ligaments?  I live on m&m's and beer. Poor diet?

Poor diet: A poor diet can cause the symptoms you describe. Fresh fruits and vegetables, and a good source of lean protein are essential to a healthy diet. It doesn't hurt to add a multivitamin, but don't rely on vitamins to fix problems with your diet. ...Read more

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Memory flashes suggest i was sexually abused as a kid. If true, could it have caused lax ligaments in si joints/pelvis? Sacrum slips in/out of place.

Memory flashes suggest i was sexually abused as a kid. If true, could it have caused lax ligaments in si joints/pelvis? Sacrum slips in/out of place.

Other worries: You'll need to explore those memories with a counselor or therapist first before questioning si/pelvic joints. Priority should be placed on finding the truth with help on your memories. ...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?

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

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