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Will my ligaments self heal, can the doctor do anything?

Asked by JLeslie (62752points) 1 month ago from iPhone

My self diagnosis is my ligaments have loosened. I notice it especially in my shoulders and hips. My diagnosis could be wrong, but let’s go with it for the Q.

I tried to research this a little, and I think the answer is no, ligaments don’t self heal, they won’t tighten back up on their own nor with exercises. I hope that’s wrong.

I’m going to go to the doctor, because what choice do I have. Although, I’m not sure if they can help me either. I read they can do surgery, but I doubt I would consent to that at this time. I read about a shot, but I’m not sure how it works and I don’t know what the risks.

My symptoms are my joints feel like they can slip out of place easily and the muscles near the joint now are very painful if I reach or even using them in general cause some discomfort.

Any information and experience you have I’m interested.

Don’t worry I won’t be trying any cures on my own, I don’t have enough experience with it to risk attempting anything.

I think it was caused by a medication. I’m not happy about it to say the least. I feel at risk to hurt myself; I feel less stable. I can’t hook my bra in back. I can’t put on and take off tops and dresses over my head that are tight as they pass over my shoulders, because it causes a lot of pain and I worry I could do further damage to my body doing those things. Swimming freestyle now hurts my arms. That motion over my head hurts, and it never hurt before.

Should I go straight to an orthopedist or start with primary care? Can it be evaluated with MRI?


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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

In 1997 I dislocated my knee and I wore a cast for a month. After I had my cast removed I couldn’t put any weight on my knee and I couldn’t bend it.

I went to physio and did exercises to help bend my knee and add weight.

It took 2 years to recover enough to walk without crutches. 10 years before I could run again. Also an additional 10 years for it to stop hurting.

My knee isn’t 100%, but however most of my knee problems are healed.

Other than to have blood drained after the first day I did not need any surgeries.

janbb's avatar

Ooh – sounds really uncomfortable! I would recommend starting with a primary care physician because there might be a different kind of specialist s/he would send you to. It also depends on the way your insurance works – f you need a referral. But I would certainly suggest you address it soon medically.

gorillapaws's avatar

I don’t know about this particular condition or how likely you are to have it. I will say my father has had shoulder surgery for something similar. The surgery was successful, but it was a challenging recovery just because it’s so hard to find a good sleeping position. As he nodded off, he’d relax his shoulder muscles and then feel an “ice pick.” This repeated for him, over and over all night long. Of note, he doesn’t tolerate opiates well and that likely made the process particularly miserable for him.

Physical therapy is also crucial for having a good outcome from any orthopedic surgery. It may even be possible to avoid surgery entirely with physical therapy alone. Ultimately, I have no clue what I’m talking about and you’re doing the right by going to the doctor. I’m sure they’ll get you sorted out. Wishing you the very best and a speedy recovery.

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