Understanding Hypermobility Syndrome
Joint hypermobility syndrome is a condition that causes the joints to easily move beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint. This is an inherited connective tissue disorder that often affects children, and it is commonly referred to as having “loose joints” or being “double-jointed”. It is also a feature of a rare and inherited condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is characterized by weakness of the connective tissues in the body. While there is no cure for hypermobility syndrome, improving muscle strength and fitness to protect the joints is essential in managing the condition and preventing dislocations. The physical therapists at New Heights are committed to helping you understand, treat, and manage any joint pain you may be experiencing due to hypermobility syndrome.
Signs of Hypermobility Syndrome
Because people with hypermobility syndrome possess joints that are capable of excessive motion, they are more prone to injury or dislocation. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of this condition in order to manage it timely with physical therapy. Some of the signs include the following.
- Pain in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows
- Higher tendency of joint dislocation and sprains
- Ability to place the palms of the hands on the floor with the knees fully extended
- Hyperextension of the knee or elbow beyond 10 degrees
- Ability to touch the thumb to the forearm
Using Physical Therapy to Help Treat Hypermobility
While some cases of hypermobility do not require treatment, that is not always the case when it causes discomfort or pain. Many people will grow out of the condition as they age and naturally become less flexible, but it is imperative to learn how to prevent dislocations from hypermobility. At New Heights Physical Therapy, we understand that hypermobility may be creating pain or discomfort, and we want to help you prevent the condition from causing injury. Especially when hypermobility leads to injured joints, physical therapy is a great method of rehabilitating the affected areas and is even more helpful in preventing reinjury. When you visit the professionals at New Heights, you can trust that we are committed to effectively treating your condition. To begin building your course of treatment, it is necessary to have a physical evaluation and to work with one of our licensed experts to determine the best regimen for managing any injuries caused as a result of hypermobility or preventing dislocations. Evaluations and treatment for hypermobility may include stretching, muscle strengthening exercises, posture exercises, high or low impact weight bearing exercises, and more.
At New Heights Physical Therapy, we strive to create a healing environment and provide exceptional care for our patients. Call us today to set up your first consultation—we are confident that with our supportive and knowledgeable staff, we can help you take the first steps toward managing your joint hypermobility syndrome!
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