Surrey Physiotherapy is one of the country’s leading centres for the management of hypermobility. We have extensive experience in treating both adults and children with this condition.
People who have very flexible joint range may be hypermobile. Hypermobility is a genetic based condition in which there is widespread laxity of the muscles, joints and tendons. Some individuals who are hypermobile do not have any problems but others develop symptoms in their muscles and joints and are diagnosed as having Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.
You may have joint hypermobility if you can or have ever:
- Been able to bend forward and place both hands on the floor with your knees straight
- Been called ‘double-jointed’
- Been able to do party tricks with your joints
- Had clicking joints
- Had recurrent dislocation or subluxation of any joints
Symptoms can occur at any stage in life, but the adolescent growth spurt is often a trigger for the onset of problems.
The management of hypermobility involves treating any acute muscle or joint problems and then improving the strength, stability and general fitness of the individual in a safe and controlled manner. Physiotherapy intervention can be highly successful in enabling the hypermobile individual to return to a normal lifestyle.
We have considerable experience and expertise in identifying and treating Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and use a number of different treatments to relieve pain, and treat inflammation. Even those who have hypermobile joints can develop joint stiffness and we use appropriate manual techniques to carefully regain the lost hypermobile range. It is essential that a hypermobile person maintains their large range of joint movement but at the same time has good muscle control throughout their hypermobile range. An essential part of managing hypermobility is reconditioning muscles that have become deconditioned and restoring general fitness; we advise on the best form of exercise for you taking into account your hypermobility.