Joint hypermobility is a condition which defines an unusually large range of movement in some or all of a person's joints.
People with hypermobility are particularly flexible and able to move their limbs into positions others find impossible.
Sometimes, this is referred to as being "double-jointed".
Joint hypermobility syndrome
Many people with hypermobile joints don't have any problems, and some athletes – such as ballet dancers, gymnasts and musicians – may actually benefit from the increased flexibility.
However, some people with joint hypermobility can have a number of unpleasant symptoms, such as:
Pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles
Joints that dislocate easily
Recurrent injuries such as sprains
Digestive problems such as constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Dizziness and fainting
Thin or stretchy skin
Joint hypermobility is often hereditary. One of the main causes is thought to be genetically determined changes to a type of protein called collagen, found throughout the body in skin and ligaments. If collagen is weaker than it should be, tissues in the body will be fragile, which can make ligaments and joints loose and stretchy. As a result, the joints can extend further than usual.
JHS is widely thought to be a feature of an underlying condition affecting connective tissue called Ehlers-Danlos
Your PAM Wellbeing physiotherapist can assess you and advise regarding the best approach to activity, exercise and management of your condition. Strengthening, stability and specific exercise guidance can assist with maninting your fitness levels without experiencing unnecessary symptoms. We can also advise regarding onwards referrals should your symptoms be established as a more medical nature (such as IBS).