Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What's Causing My Loose Joints?

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 02:56 PM

Question: The knuckle on my middle finger on both hands, where the finger joins the hand, goes out of joint under normal use. There is no pain when this happens, but sometimes the joint becomes sore and it's very aggravating. What causes this and can anything be done to prevent it?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

You have an inherited hyperlaxity of ligamantous structures.

There is no known preventive therapy that is effective for preventing deterioration except to avoid repeated overstressing of these joints and avoid "popping" these joints.

If dislocation recurs, you may be able to find some therapeutic options through consultation with a hand surgery specalist (often orthopedics or plastic surgeons).

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