Joint hypermobilty syndrome ( JHS ) is now a widely recognised problem amongst children and adults. Whilst some don’t have any symptoms many are at risk of injuries such as dislocations and soft tissue injuries.
Joint hypermobilty syndrome is caused by changes in collagen which is a type of protein found in skin and ligaments. It can affect up to 3 in 10 people with females being more affected than males. It is common in children but most stiffen up by puberty but for others JHS continues into adult life.
Unusually large amount of joint movement
Long term painful joints
Repetitive dislocation or subluxation ( partial dislocation )
Diagnosis is made through a series of tests looking at various markers such as joint movements and skin elasticity. This is following a combination of Brighton and Beighton measurements.
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- JHS needs to be managed over the long term with treatment of the short term injuries.
- Physiotherapy is the best approach – a chartered physiotherapist can teach exercise, coping and pacing mechanisms, provide pain relief with modalities such as acupuncture, soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations
- It is vital that the individual learns to self mange JHS to ensure a better and more comfortable quality of life.