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HYPERMOBILITY: PROBLEM OR NO PROBLEM?

Posted on: October 8th, 2020 by admin

Hypermobility is a term commonly used. Hypermobility is the term used to describe the ability to move joints beyond the normal range of movement.

‘I think my child is Double-jointed, they are very bendy’

So what does it actually mean?

Joints are connected and supported by structures called ligaments. In children that are hypermobile these ligaments are more ‘stretchy’.

Don’t Panic!

Hypermobility is relatively common. In fact it is just a normal variation of how our bodies are put together. Joint hypermobility is often of no medical consequence most children don’t even have any symptoms. Some children use hypermobility as an advantage. For example dancers, musicians and athletes.

Because the joints are more lax, hypermobile children can be prone to injury affecting these joints.These injuries may cause immediate pain and sometimes also lead to longer-term pain.Other problems with hypermobility include:

  • Joint Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced Muscle Length
  • Reduced Muscle Strength
  • Reduced Joint Stability
  • Recurrent soft tissue injuries
  • Joint Contractures

At the Physio Hub with specific tailored exercise programmes we aim to:

  • Reduce Pain
  • Increase Muscle Length
  • Increase Muscle Strength
  • Increase Joint Stability
  • Increase Proprioception
  • Increase Co-ordination

A tailored therapy programme can improve function, independence and performance of individuals affected by hypermobility.

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