Hypermobility is the medical term used to describe excess range of motion in the joints of the body. Hypermobility may present in just a few joints or can be widespread across many joints the body. It is common in childhood and usually lessens as children get older. Hypermobility is thought to affect approximately 10%-20% of the adult population.
Those with mild hypermobility may not experience any negative symptoms and therefore will not require treatment. For those with moderate to severe hypermobility they may experience pain and instability around the effected joints. This is due to the soft tissue structures being over stretched.
Severe hypermobility may be a sign of a Joint Hypermobility Syndrome which is a connective tissue disorder. An example of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Excess motion in joints.
Frequent joint sprains.
Pain which increases with activity.
In severe cases frequent joint subluxations may occur and the person may experience fatigue.
Treatment for hypermobility depends on the joints affected and severity. Strengthening and conditioning is recommended for those who suffer with hypermobility. This is to enable the person to have more control over the increased range of motion of their joints.
If hyper mobility is present in the feet or ankles insoles may be required to support the feet and reduce stress on the soft tissue structures.
Orthopeadic boots may also be supplied for children who are hypermobile and struggling with balance and/or complaining of pain in their feet or legs.
In cases of severe hypermobility supports for other joints - such as knees, wrists, elbows and shoulders- may be supplied to increase stability and prevent subluxations.
Whether you are struggling with pain, having issues with mobility or training for a sporting event we will endeavour to find the best treatment to meet your individual needs and expectations.
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