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What is Hypermobility?


Hypermobility is becoming more commonly diagnosed and in our clinic we are seeing more patients suffering with typical symptoms who have been formally diagnosed but are at a loss as to how to manage this condition.

 

Hypermobility is the term that is used to describe the ability to move joints beyond the normal range of movement. It can be present in just a few joints or it can be in all joints of the body. It is most common in childhood and adolescence, in females, and Asian and Afro-Caribbean races. Its severity can decrease with age.

In some cases, Hypermobility can be considered an advantage, for example athletes, gymnasts, dancers and musicians might specifically be selected because of their extra range of movement.

For those patients diagnosed with this condition it is important that they are aware of how to manage it, to enable them to lead a more active and comfortable lifestyle knowing that they are achieving the best from their body and preventing any long term potential problems that can arise with this condition.

It can commonly be confused with conditions such as fibromyalgia, ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Classic symptoms a patient can commonly suffer with this condition are:

-Pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles
-Clicking joints
-Joints that dislocate (come out of the correct position) easily
-Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
-Recurrent injuries – such as sprains
-Digestive problems – such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
-Dizziness and fainting.
-Thin or stretchy skin.

The team at Cowes chiropractic clinic work alongside a lot of patients with this condition to alleviate their discomfort, educate them on a recovery and long term management program, giving them more than just chiropractic treatment to ensure they have life skills to control the condition in which ever way it is expressed.

Useful links:

http://hypermobility.org

http://ehlers-danlos.com

http://www.skillsforaction.com/joint-hypermobility