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Joints Popping After Pregnancy

Posted Sep 23 2009 10:25pm
Ligaments Popping

Ligaments Popping

I gave birth to twin boys in February. Ever since their birth my knee joints have been popping when sitting or standing up. I am 30 years old now, and my husband seems to think that this is normal for my age. Is he right? I didn’t seem to think that it was, but wanted a second opinion.


Hi Erin
It is not normal yet it very common after birth due to hormones designed to create ligament laxity to allow the pelvic ligaments to stretch. This then allows the infants to pass through the birth canal as the pelvic ligaments are now more lax.

Given that the body releases the hormone systemically - meaning through the entire body - all joints are affected. There are resolutions for this but they ligaments may return to normal by themselves as well as the hormone goes away. Breastfeeding is typically quite helpful.

Ligament Restore significantly improved my ligament laxity of my right elbow. I took 2 bottles of Ligament Restore and then stopped.

Ensure that you are drinking enough fluids during the day and filtered water is ideal given the amount of pollutants in our water.

Lifting weights and exercising improves muscle strength. Given that muscles attach around joints, this helps stabilize the joint. Begin with low weight and work up as you feel comfortable. Low weight is important because you do not want the joint to move incorrectly as you exercise. High weight may move the joint inappropriately.

Another common problem is muscles may not be equal strengths or equally lax surrounding the joint. For example, if your Tensor Fascia Lata (TFL) muscle is too stiff, it will pull your knee cap laterally. This is a common cause of Patella-Femoral Syndrome. If the Medial Head of the Quadriceps is strong, this lessons the lateral pull of the tight TFL. So the ideal process here would be to stretch the TFL and strengthen the Medial head of the Quadriceps. Then, the patella would be pulled equally from both sides allowing the patella to track perfectly up and down vs laterally causing pain and swelling.

Should you have further questions, please do ask.

Do keep me posted on how Ligament Restore helps you and the other recommendations.

In health,
Dr Ben

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