Hypermobility is the term to describe joints that move more than the normal range of movement. It is commonly established in childhood and is more present amongst girls and those of Afro-Caribbean descent.

The phrase ‘double jointed’ is often used to describe this condition when there is a lack of understanding of the mechanics in place. 

There can be various causes of Hypermobility and hereditary links have been speculated. 

Symptoms to help identify Hypermobility can include: 

  • joint and muscle pain after exercise and at night
  • pain in regions such as the knees, elbow and calves 
  • frequent strains 
  • extensive flexibility 

Treatment for Hypermobility

Exercise 

A Physiotherapist can help to analyse the body’s movements. They will then diagnose that this condition is present, and suggest specific exercises for the individual.

These exercises will aim to support and strengthen the joints and muscles relieve them of any prolonged pressure and overuse. 

A good way to satisfy any speculation that hypermobility is present is by using the ‘Beighton Scale’. Please see the below diagram for this: 

hypermobility

Medication

In some cases, this condition can be debilitating leaving the individual in excruciating pain. In this instance, pain management can be helpful in the form of medication. Your healthcare provider will be able to instruct the best course of action if this is the case. 

Wait

With children, it’s common that they may grow out of this as it’s not unusual to see the symptoms and associated pain decrease as they proceed into adolescence and adult life.  

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References:

Rheumatology.org. 2019. Hypermobility (Juvenile). [online] Available at: <https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Hypermobility-Juvenile> [Accessed 22 December 2021].

PubMed. 2007. Hypermobility and the hypermobility syndrome. [online] Available at: <https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17643337/> [Accessed 22 December 2021].

nhs.uk. n.d. Joint hypermobility syndrome. [online] Available at: <https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/joint-hypermobility-syndrome/> [Accessed 22 December 2021].

Hypermobility Syndromes Association (HMSA). 2015. What are hypermobility syndromes?. [online] Available at: <https://www.hypermobility.org/what-are-hypermobility-syndromes> [Accessed 22 December 2021].




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