Hypermobility

Hypermobility2020-03-16T17:36:03+00:00

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Hypermobility

Hypermobility belongs to a spectrum of conditions that affect your connective tissue where you can move your joints beyond a normal range of movement. It often runs in the family, affects more women than men, is more prevalent in certain ethnic backgrounds such as the Indian sub-continent and cannot be prevented although it can be managed. Hypermobility is a common in children and may not need any medical intervention. In fact in some people such as athletes, dancers, gymnasts hypermobility might be considered an advantage because it gives an extra range of movement.  One cause of  hypermobility is that the collagen fibres, which gives ligaments strength, are weakened and joints are more elastic and looser. Among other causes could be the shape of your bones, if  a persons hip or shoulder socket is shallow it could mean more dislocations, or if a persons muscles, controlled by the nervous system, are more relaxed there will be more movement in the joints. Unfortunately, with some people hypermobility results in pain and stiffness in their joints or muscles, they are prone to ligament injuries, discolorations, have poor balance and fatigue among many other symptoms. Hypermobility can also be a sign of more serious underlying inherited conditions known as Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue (HDCT). Most experts agree that joint hypermobility syndrome is part of a spectrum of hypermobility disorders, which includes Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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