We have talked about Ligament Laxity, hypermobility and Connective Tissue Laxity before. Have a look here: http://c1healthcentre.co.uk/ligament-laxity/
What is the best term to describe this problem: Ligament Laxity, hypermobility or Connective Tissue Laxity?
As the previous posts suggests, the term Connective Tissue Laxity (CTL) is our preferred description of the problem. The advantage of CTL over the others is that the description includes all the ligaments, tendons and fascia. It does not focus only on the ligaments. So, what does CTL change? Well, to a degree, nearly all the relationships between your bones will be compromised. Even your stiff joints, such as your sacroiliac joint, will be more mobile than normal. And, your more mobile joints, such as your shoulders, will be able to move too freely, and in an uncontrolled way at times, leading to injury.
13 problems associated with Connective Tissue Laxity:
Over our time treating patients we have found that CTL leads to the following problems:
- The arches of the feet collapse. The ligaments of the foot can’t maintain the arch. At the same time, the tendon from the Tibialis Anterior is also able to stretch too far and can’t help support the arch.
- The mechanism for toe-ing off when walking is compromised by having flat feet. This leads to joint injury in the 1st toe and may lead to bunion development.
- The ankle joint is also compressed as a result of having flat feet leading to joint pain.
- The ankles are also unstable because the ankle ligaments are too lax. This increases the occurrences of sprained ankles and further joint damage.
- The knees are liable to hyper-extend leading to cartilage compression at the front of the knee. This also leads to compromised tracking of the kneecap.
- The sacroiliac joints are normally held together by a band of really taught ligaments. Someone with CTL will often present with a functional leg-length inequality (LLI) because their SI joints have moved.
- This leg-length inequality leads to trigger points in the medius and min Gluteal muscles. This can cause associated leg pain that is often misdiagnosed as ‘sciatica’ and treated as such. This LLI may also lead to the development of scoliosis in some people. http://c1healthcentre.co.uk/idiopathic-adolescent-scoliosis-or-scoliosis-for-no-reason-in-your-kids/
- Leg-length inequality also means the unstable low-lumbar spine sits on an uneven base. This leads to low-back pain and lumbar joint compression and then on to posterior facet syndrome.
- The mid-thoracic joints will move in strange ways leading to joint injury. This is particularly so if you have to spend time working in front of a computer and an anterior curve can then develop.
- Any anterior head carriage may be worse because the ligaments allow greater movement. This will lead to neck pain, shoulder and neck muscle trigger points and possibly neck generated headaches.
- The temporomandibular joint will move in unusual way leading to injury and pain.
- And all your joints will click – this will annoy you and others and you will be one of those people who cracks their knuckles.
This is far from the full list of the possible impacts of connective tissue laxity. However, I think you have to agree, it’s a pretty impressive list.