Hypermobility is the term used to describe the ability to move joints beyond the normal range of movement. In everyday language the non-medical term ‘double-jointed’ is often used.
The first thing to appreciate is that joint hypermobility is common in the general population. It may be present in just a few joints or it may be widespread. It is most common in childhood and adolescence. It tends to lessen with age.
Joint hypermobility is often of no medical consequence and commonly does not give rise to symptoms, and might even be an advantage for dancers, musicians and athletes.
However some hypermobile people can injure their joints, ligaments, tendons and other ‘soft tissues’ around joints. This is because the joints twist or over extend easily, may partially dislocate (or ‘sublux’), or in a few cases may actually dislocate. These injuries may cause immediate ‘acute’ pain and sometimes also lead to longer-term ‘chronic’ pain.
These problems can interfere with daily activities of living, and/or schooling or work. The pain associated with this can become widespread and persistent.
If you are concerned regarding hypermobility The Physio Hub based in the North East of England may be able to help you.
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