The board-certified neurosurgeons at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group in Silver Spring, Maryland, have extensive experience in evaluating and treating symptoms of weak ligaments. They offer comprehensive, customized treatment plans, to ease pain and improve function with physical therapy or surgery. To find out more about your options for treating weak ligaments, schedule a consultation by calling The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group today.
Your ligaments connect your muscles to your bones, holding them in place. While ligaments are strong enough to stabilize your bones, they are also flexible and allow you to move in a variety of ways.
Many people have naturally tight ligaments, but some have very loose ligaments, especially in areas of the body like the neck, ankles, knees, and shoulders.
Loose and weak ligaments can occur in adults but are more common in children. In some cases, there’s no known cause for loose ligaments, while others develop the condition because of:
Weak ligaments can lead to more serious health complications, including atlantoaxial instability that causes excessive movement of the C1 and C2 vertebrae and craniocervical instability that results in movement of the space between the skull and the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Both of these conditions can lead to neurological damage if left untreated.
When you have weak ligaments, symptoms generally affect the function of your joints. You may experience pain, numbness, or tingling in the affected area.
Other common signs that you have weak ligaments include:
Another side effect of weak ligaments is an increased range of motion in the joint, a condition known as hypermobility.
To confirm the diagnosis, your The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group provider evaluates the movement and function of your joints and collects imaging.
Not everyone who has weak ligaments will need treatment. However, if you’re experiencing persistent pain that interferes with work or your quality of life, The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group determines the best course of treatment to relieve symptoms.
Your physician may first recommend physical therapy and at-home exercises to strengthen the ligaments. If this isn’t enough to relieve pain and improve your instability, you may be a candidate for surgery.
Your neurosurgeon at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group may recommend outpatient surgery to repair and tighten loose ligaments.
When pain or other symptoms of weak ligaments is limiting what you can do, schedule a diagnostic evaluation by calling The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group today.