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Hypermobility

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Introduction
Joint hypermobility means some or all of a person's joints have an unusually large range of movement. People with hypermobility are particularly supple and able to move their limbs into positions others find impossible.
Symptoms of joint hypermobility
Many people with hypermobile joints have few or no problems. If you have symptoms, it is likely that you have joint hypermobility syndrome.
Causes of joint hypermobility
Four factors may contribute to joint hypermobility - the shape of the ends of your bones, collagen structure, muscle tone and proprioception.
Diagnosing joint hypermobility
Joint hypermobility can be difficult to measure because the extent of the condition varies from person to person. However, the Beighton score can be used.
Treating joint hypermobility
Treatment for joint hypermobility may not be necessary. You may need treatment if you have joint hypermobility syndrome which causes joint pain.
Complications of joint hypermobility
There are a number of complications that are associated with joint hypermobility syndrome including osteoarthritis, sports injuries and pelvic organ prolapse.