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The alar ligament is also known as the "check ligament of the odontoid."
Injury of the alar ligaments
Injuries such as rupture and overstretching of the alar ligaments is often caused through whiplash during car accidents. If a patient describes prolonged symptoms after a traumatical situation, medical workers should think about ligamental damages.
Symptoms during damaged alar ligaments can be
Most medical professionals don't know about the rare disease complex of head-neck-joint instabilities that is mainly caused by damaged alar ligaments and/or torn vertebral ligamental capsule apparatus structures. Very often the patients have many medical consultations without any clear diagnosis and are then sent to a psychiatrist because doctors think about depression or hypochondria of the suffering patients, but mainly that is not the real cause.
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