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How can lax joints be treated?

Q: My 4 years old daughter was taken for a paediatric visit. I noticed a small notch on her right shoulder as though her right arm was drooping. The doctor took an x-ray of her spine and shoulder and doubted scoliosis. However, for further confirmation she was referred to a specialist, who examined her thoroughly and said that her joints are laxed and there is nothing to worry. He also asked us to prevent her from lifting heavy objects. Is there anything serious with my daughter? What precautions she should take?

A:Benign joint hypermobility is a common and relatively benign condition in children. This is the common cause for joint laxity. Your daughter should be checked carefully to make sure that the shoulder joint is not dislocated. She should be encouraged to remain active.


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