What is it?


Hypermobility syndrome is a condition in which the joints are easily moved beyond the normal range that is expected from each specific joint. It is a benign condition, and is very common in children. It can also be an inherited trait, such as in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) which is a group of relatively rare genetic disorders of connective tissue. Also, in Down syndrome and Marfan syndrome it is more common. There is a familial component to hypermobility syndrome, as some genes that are responsible for the production of collagen are familial. Symptoms usually get better in adulthood.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Hypermobility syndrome (loose joints)
- Hyperflexibility
- Hypermobility Syndrome
- Benign Hyperflexibility

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of hypermobility syndrome may include susceptibility to injuries, joint pain, tendency to joint dislocation and sprains, scoliosis, and back pain.

Diagnosis

Hypermobility is diagnosed by physical examination by examination of the joints range of motion.

Treatment

Usually, there is no need to treat hypermobility syndromes, as it does not cause any symptoms. Joint pain can be relieved by pain medications, physical therapy could be advised.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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