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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Condition Specific Organizations

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 91 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Association between joint hypermobility, scoliosis, and cranial base anomalies in paediatric Osteogenesis imperfecta patients: a retrospective cross-sectional study.
 

Author(s): Heidi Arponen, Outi Mäkitie, Janna Waltimo-Sirén

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Joint hypermobility is a common clinical characteristic of patients with Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a disorder with serious comorbidities of scoliosis and cranial base anomalies. This study aimed at evaluating how prevalent joint hypermobility is in paediatric OI patients, and ...

Last Updated: 5 Jan 2015

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Proprioceptive acuity into knee hypermobile range in children with joint hypermobility syndrome.
 

Author(s): Verity Pacey, Roger D Adams, Louise Tofts, Craig F Munns, Leslie L Nicholson

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Children with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) have reduced knee joint proprioceptive acuity compared to peers. Altered proprioception at end of range in individuals with JHS is hypothesised to contribute to recurrent joint injuries and instability. This study aims to provide the ...

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2014

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Keratectasia following laser in situ keratomileusis in a low-risk patient with benign joint hypermobility syndrome.
 

Author(s): Gustavo Galperin, Martin Berra, Alejandro Berra

Journal: Arq Bras Oftalmol. 2014 Apr;77(2):119-21.

 

Here we present the case of a 27-year-old woman with benign joint hypermobility (BJHS) syndrome who developed keratectasia after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) in both eyes. Both eyes had identical low Randleman risk factor scores. To our knowledge, this is the first report ...

Last Updated: 31 Jul 2014

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The terms "Hypermobility" returned 14 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Joint hypermobility, obstetrical outcomes, and pelvic floor disorders.
 

Author(s): Leise R Knoepp, Kelly C McDermott, Alvaro Muñoz, Joan L Blomquist, Victoria L Handa

Journal: Int Urogynecol J. 2013 May;24(5):735-40.

 

Benign joint hypermobility syndrome may be a risk factor for pelvic floor disorders. It is unknown whether hypermobility impacts the progress of childbirth, a known risk factor for pelvic floor disorders. Our objective was to investigate the association between joint hypermobility ...

Last Updated: 7 May 2013

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Visceroptosis of the bowel in the hypermobility type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: presentation of a rare manifestation and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Eyal Reinstein, Mark Pimentel, Mitchel Pariani, Stephen Nemec, Thomas Sokol, David L Rimoin

Journal: Eur J Med Genet. 2012 Oct;55(10):548-51.

 

Gastrointestinal complications are common in patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, affecting up to 50% of individuals depending on the subtype. The spectrum of gastrointestinal manifestations is broad and ranges from life threatening spontaneous perforation of the visceral organs ...

Last Updated: 21 Sep 2012

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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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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A Study to Assess Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome in Children With a History of Wheezing or Asthma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome; Wheezing; Asthma

 

Last Updated: 13 Apr 2015

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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: 4 Mar 2015

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