People with loose joints can extend their joints beyond the typical range-of-motion without experiencing any pain. This occurs because of loose tissues connecting the joints. But are loose joints cause for concern, and do they require treatment? In this article, we are going to focus in on loose joints – their causes, risk factors, and associated treatment options.
What are Loose Joints?
Loose joints is a colloquial term used to describe hypermobility in the joints. Hypermobility refers to the ability to move a joint beyond its normal range-of-motion. This is most common in children who are still growing (this is why children are often more flexible than adults). Typically, hypermobility will decrease as the patient ages, though that’s not always the case. Below are the joints most commonly affected by hypermobility:
Do Loose Joints Require Treatment?
Many people who have loose joints don’t even know it. The condition causes no issues, and no treatment is necessary. But that’s not true in all cases. Sometimes loose joints can lead to joint pain, osteoarthritis, and a higher likelihood of sprains and dislocations. In these situations it’s best to see a skilled physical therapist who can put together a treatment plan to strengthen the loose joints and prevent these potential issues from occurring.
Physical Therapy for Loose Joints
The Twin Cities physical therapy professionals at OrthoRehab Specialists have over twenty-five years of experience caring for patients throughout the state of Minnesota. Our providers offer direct access to physical therapy, so you can make an appointment with us with or without a prescription from your primary doctor. If you’re experiencing joint pain of any kind, physical therapy can help reduce pain and increase your range-of-motion. Make an appointment today with at our Minneapolis or Edina physical therapy clinics to get started.
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