Spotlight On: Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

If you often feel yourself getting tired even after you’ve been well rested, if you keep dislocating your joints, keep getting trains and sprains, and keep experiencing pain and stiffness in your muscles and joints, you may want to discuss your symptoms with a medical professional, as it could be symptomatic of joint hypermobility syndrome.

This condition is characterised by very flexible joints, so much so that they cause you pain. It usually manifests in children and younger people, and it typically improves with age – but it can be very uncomfortable and distressing, so it’s important to find ways in which to manage your symptoms over time, especially when you consider that there is no cure.

The main way to treat the condition is to work on your muscle strength and overall fitness levels so that you can afford your joints a better level of protection. Low-impact exercises like cycling and swimming are a great place to start, since you won’t put any additional stress or strain on your body.

It’s thought that there is a genetic link with joint hypermobility syndrome and, unfortunately, there’s no way in which it can be prevented. Typically, those with the condition have loose and stretchy joints because their ligaments (which support the joints) are weak.

If you’re in pain, you can take painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol, or try at-home remedies like taking a warm bath or using a hot water bottle on the affected area.

Physiotherapy is also something worth considering, as it can be very beneficial in helping you improve muscle strength and fitness.

Here at Clear Physio, we can help you reduce the risk of dislocation, reduce any pain you’re in, improve posture and balance, and improve your muscle strength.

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