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Hypermobility syndrome

Hypermobility syndrome


Hypermobility syndrome is a term used to describe overly mobile joints which occurs as a result of the protein collagen being more flexible than usual due to a genetic abnormality. It is an inherited condition which varies on a spectrum of different severities, some with serious complications (e.g -marfan syndrome) which can affect internal organs. The other end of the spectrum has milder consequences which are not life threatening such as benign hypermobility syndrome.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF HYPERMOBILITY SYNDROME?

For some children the exercessive laxity in joints &soft tissues presents with no problems, however in other cases it may lead to.

  • Painful joints & muscles which may be acute or chronic.
  • Difficulty with prolonged exercise.
  • Swollen joints.
  • Disturbed sleep.
  • More prone to injury.

HOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP HYPER MOBILITY SYNDROME?

Some children with hyper mobility syndrome will eventually grow out of the associated problems as the supporting ligaments get stronger over time.Other children may have persiststent problems and our team of special paediatric physiotherapist can help to reduce the effects of hyper mobility syndrome by:

  • Providing an exercise programme to strengthen muscles & support the joints.
  • Provide advice on types of appropriate exercise & sports.
  • Advising on appropriate pain management technique such as use of heat or ice.
  • Reducing risk of injury & persistent pain into adult hood.
  • Providing advice on reducing factors which may worsen symptoms such as excessive weight.