What Is Ligament Laxity? How Car Accidents Can Cause This Condition

Ligament laxity can cause chronic pain in the spine, neck, and other parts of the body.

Also known as ligamentous instability or “loose ligaments,” the condition consists of the joints extending beyond their typical range of motion.

What Causes Ligament Laxity?

Ligament laxity occurs when the ligaments surrounding the joints become too flexible.

For some, the condition is genetic. For others, ligament laxity is a result of an accident or injury in which the ligaments loosen and can no longer support the joints.

When ligament laxity affects the spine, the patient may face additional health struggles like osteoarthritis.

Sprained ankles and dislocated shoulders are often linked to ligament laxity as well.

Ligament Laxity After a Car Accident

Soft tissue damage from a car crash is known to cause ligament laxity.

In the case of whiplash, the head and torso move in opposing directions from the force of the impact—damaging the ligaments in the spine and neck as a result.

This can lead to other injuries, chronic pain, and symptoms such as:

  • Numbness
  • Swollen joints
  • Strains and sprains
  • Back or neck pain
  • Discomfort when moving the neck or torso

A doctor can diagnose ligament laxity by evaluating your symptoms and joint mobility. Treatments tend to vary but may include pain or anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, a brace, and/or RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). In severe cases, back or neck surgery may be recommended.

Personal Injury: Damages and Losses

Ligament laxity can hinder a person’s ability to live and work.

The condition can also be costly, with expenses ranges from medical bills to loss of income.

In addition, loose ligaments can result in other injuries. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges may result from emotional distress surrounding the incident. Meanwhile, the physical effects of ligament laxity are in many cases long-lasting.

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Other Sources

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18796770/

https://jnnp.bmj.com/content/63/1/110