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What is the function of a joint capsule?

What is the function of a joint capsule?

See below: It encapsulates the end of 2 bones that from the joint and holds in the synovial fluid which bathes the joint. ...Read more

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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 is the main function of the joint capsule?

What is the main function of the joint capsule?

To Stabilize Joints: The joint capsule provides joint stability. If injured it can lead to stiffness and may then be surgically removed, without compromising stability as long as the joint's ligaments are kept intact. While this seems counterintuitive, it's because joints can undergo changes that turn the capsule from a necessary structure to a problem that is best removed (it regrows back more normal). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do all joints have a joint capsule?

Do all joints have a joint capsule?

No: A synovial joint has a capsule surrounding it. These are joints like the shoulder, knee, hip and many many others. There are also fibrous joints (like the sutures in the skull) and cartilaginous joints (like where the ribs meet the sternum). Each of these kinds of joints have numerous subtypes as well. ...Read more

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I have a torn big toe joint capsule and did PRP 10 weeks ago. Stil not healed. Can I deep tissue masage it and take comfrey (anti-inflam?) and silica?

I have a torn big toe joint capsule and did PRP 10 weeks ago. Stil not healed. Can I deep tissue masage it and take comfrey (anti-inflam?) and silica?

Why prp : I don't believe prp is FDA approved for this type of injury. Please ask you doctor. Capsule injury usually heal after 21 days of immobilization ...Read more

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Could i've lasting probs after nondisplaced weber b fx+partially torn aftl+deltoid soft tiss joint capsule 15wks no union symptoms now offered plate+b graft?

Could i've lasting probs after nondisplaced weber b fx+partially torn aftl+deltoid soft tiss joint capsule 15wks no union symptoms now offered plate+b graft?

Possibly: Your fracture pattern is pretty common for ankle fracture variants. I would not make much of the deltoid and atfl tears as these occur with bad "sprains". The fact that your fracture was nondisplaced made it a stable injury. You are borderline definition of nonunion. May try bone stimulator. Probably just need plate and stable fixation. Doubt you need bone graft. Once fixed should do fine. ...Read more

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