What is subluxation and luxation?
Every articulation has a limit to its amplitude. Various structures provide these limitations such as; ligaments, bones and muscles. Subluxation occurs when the joint goes beyond its anatomical amplitude causing injury to adjacent structures. Luxation occurs when the two articular surfaces completely lose their congruence, or dislocate, for a lapse of time.
What are the most common signs and symptoms of subluxation and/or luxation?
- Pain in the affected joint
- Nervousness when performing certain movements
- Loss of muscular strength
- Deformation of the joint
What causes subluxation or luxation?
There are various causes; for example, an articular malformation, an articular trauma (ex. fall on the shoulder), or hyperlaxity also known as hypermobility.
Physiotherapists are there for you!
The proper management of this condition is important. Professionals in physiotherapy will be able to help you regain your movements and strength so as to diminish the risk of having your activities spoiled by another subluxation, or worse, dislocation of your joint.