Orthopedics

Q: Is there such a condition as neurogenic joint?

A: Neurogenic (neuropathic) joints may occur when sensation is diminished, particularly when there is also a chiari malformation or syrinx (cyst). Muscle weakness around the joint also contributes by making the joint less stable and subjects bones to damage in the shoulders hips, knees, and ankles. Talk with your musculoskeletal team (orthopedist, physiatrist, physical therapist, and/or orthotist) about how to minimize stress on your joints. For more information, review SBA’s health information sheet on hip function.