Susceptibility to injury, recurring pain, joint pain and fatigue, clicking joints and a tendency to bruise easily, are just some of the features of joint hypermobility.
I recently went to a Hypermobility Symposium, and wanted to share some of the information. The musculoskeletal expressions of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) are now well documented. People with joint hypermobility usually have some, but not all, of the following features:
- joints which stretch further than your average person
- a party trick which they can do with their joints
- might be considered as double jointed
- had a partial or full dislocation
- may be able to place their hands flat on the floor when bending forward with straight knees
However, being hypermobile does not mean that you have Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. The syndrome involves having other signs and symptoms. Surprisingly few health professionals, even amongst some specialists, are aware of how to diagnose the syndrome. If you suspect that you have joint hypermobility, and you are having repeated pain episodes that are having an impact on your life, here are a few things to know:
- The diagnosis can be made in the physiotherapy clinic
- Its has strong hereditary links
- Physiotherapy plays an important role in getting the right type of exercise to protect your joints.
- There is support from organisations like the HSA, and Elhers Danlos Syndrome support
- Depending on the extent to which these symptoms are affecting ones daily life and the impact of their hypermobility, there is a private specialist hypermobility unit in London which one can opt to be referred to.
- What is also less well known are the other medical signs and symptoms associated with JHS (see below).
Other medical conditions associated with JHS: are POTS and stomach problems. POTS involves a difficulty in regulating ones blood pressure and heart rate when moving from one posture to another, such as lying down to standing, resulting in the feeling of dizziness when changing position. There is an under recognised association with dysmotility within the gut. People with JHS are then often given the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) diagnosis.