Hypermobility

Common Name(s)

Hypermobility

Hypermobility is a condition in which joints can easily move beyond the normal range for that particular joint. It is most common in women and children but can be seen in both genders and all ages. It is most commonly seen in the elbows, wrist, fingers, and knees. Ligaments are thick bands of tissue that help keep the joints from moving too much, but in people with hypermobile joints, this band is loose or weak. Individuals with hypermobile joints are sometimes called "double jointed". Hypermobility can cause pain in the joints, as well as arthritis. These joints may also sprain or dislocate more easily. Extra care may be needed to protect an affected person's joints. Hypermobility tends to run in families suggesting a genetic basis. This condition is diagnosed by a physical examination of the affected joints, and often requires no treatment. If treatment is needed, it will depend on the patient’s specific case. When there are no other symptoms or medical problems in a person with hypermobile joints, it is called benign hypermobility. Hypermobility however is a common feature of some rare genetic disorders. If you or someone you knows has hypermobility along with other health concerns a doctor should be consulted. (see also: Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome as well as other conditions associated with hypermobility).

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Following organizations serve the condition "Hypermobility" for support, advocacy or research.

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK

EDS UK was set up in 1987 to support, advise and inform those living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. We aim to help them live a full, active and positive life. Over 25 years later, we remain the only UK based charity that exclusively represents and supports people with all types of EDS. We run regular events and conferences to bring our community together, and produce literature and merchandise to increase understanding and improve management of the condition. We have over 30 support groups around the country to provide our members with a local peer support network and we hope to expand this

Last Updated: 17 Aug 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Hypermobility" for support, advocacy or research.

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK

EDS UK was set up in 1987 to support, advise and inform those living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. We aim to help them live a full, active and positive life. Over 25 years later, we remain the only UK based charity that exclusively represents and supports people with all types of EDS. We run regular events and conferences to bring our community together, and produce literature and merchandise to increase understanding and improve management of the condition. We have over 30 support groups around the country to provide our members with a local peer support network and we hope to expand this

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Last Updated: 17 Aug 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Hypermobility" returned 123 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The extent and risk of knee injuries in children aged 9-14 with Generalised Joint Hypermobility and knee joint hypermobility - the CHAMPS-study Denmark.
 

Author(s): Tina Junge, Lisbeth Runge Larsen, Birgit Juul-Kristensen, Niels Wedderkopp

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Generalised Joint Hypermobility (GJH) is suggested as an aetiological factor for knee injuries in adolescents and adults. It is presumed that GJH causes decreased joint stability, thereby increasing the risk of knee injuries during challenging situations like jumping and landing. ...

Last Updated: 13 Jun 2015

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Living with joint hypermobility syndrome: patient experiences of diagnosis, referral and self-care.
 

Author(s): Rohini H Terry, Shea T Palmer, Katharine A Rimes, Carol J Clark, Jane V Simmonds, Jeremy P Horwood

Journal: Fam Pract. 2015 Jun;32(3):354-8.

 

Musculoskeletal problems are common reasons for seeking primary health care. It has been suggested that many people with 'everyday' non-inflammatory musculoskeletal problems may have undiagnosed joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS), a complex multi-systemic condition. JHS is characterized ...

Last Updated: 28 May 2015

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Altered knee joint neuromuscular control during landing from a jump in 10-15 year old children with Generalised Joint Hypermobility. A substudy of the CHAMPS-study Denmark.
 

Author(s): Tina Junge, Niels Wedderkopp, Jonas Bloch Thorlund, Karen Søgaard, Birgit Juul-Kristensen

Journal: J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2015 Jun;25(3):501-7.

 

Generalised Joint Hypermobility (GJH) is considered an intrinsic risk factor for knee injuries. Knee neuromuscular control during landing may be altered in GJH due to reduced passive stability. The aim was to identify differences in knee neuromuscular control during landing of the ...

Last Updated: 13 May 2015

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The terms "Hypermobility" returned 18 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hypermobility syndromes from the clinician's perspective: an overview.
 

Author(s): J W Jacobs, José António da Silva

Journal: Acta Reumatol Port. ;39(2):124-36.

 

Symptomatic generalized hypermobility is a frequent occurring condition among patients referred to the rheumatologist or other medical specialist. In a subset of patients, a further classifying diagnosis of a specific syndrome can (and should) be made, based on pattern recognition ...

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2014

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The relationship between benign joint hypermobility syndrome and psychological distress: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Toby O Smith, Victoria Easton, Holly Bacon, Emma Jerman, Kate Armon, Fiona Poland, Alex J Macgregor

Journal: Rheumatology (Oxford). 2014 Jan;53(1):114-22.

 

This study examines the reported evidence of an association between benign joint hypermobility syndrome (BJHS) and psychological symptoms.

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2013

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Hallux valgus and hypermobility of the first ray: facts and fiction.
 

Author(s): Jesse F Doty, Michael J Coughlin

Journal: Int Orthop. 2013 Sep;37(9):1655-60.

 

The aetiology of hallux valgus with regard to stability of the first metatarsocuneiform joint has historically been subject to much debate. Associations between the magnitude of the intermetatarsal angle and the hallux valgus angle have previously been established. Metatarsocuneiform ...

Last Updated: 6 Sep 2013

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Wearing a Compression Garment for Patients With Hypermobility Type of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type

 

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2014

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Investigation of Hypermobility, Biomarkers, and Pain Generators in Chronic Pain Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Low Back Pain, Mechanical; Spinal Stenosis; Nerve Root Disorder; Radiculopathy, Cervical; Benign Hypermobility Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 3 May 2016

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Evaluating Physiological Markers of Emotional Trauma: A Randomized Controlled Comparison of Mind-Body Therapies
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hypermobility, Joint; Depression; Anxiety

 

Last Updated: 24 Dec 2015

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