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Hyper-mobility

Our joint range of motion is variable within the population. When we describe hypermobility (which is known has more movement than “normal”) of a joint, this is measured against what we know is average for a persons age and gender and this is shown on a bell curve.  Some people have a “normal” range for them which is significantly more than the population average. This movement is seen to be “hypermobile” compared to the average population, when in fact it can be quite “normal” for that person as there are many variables that can contribute to joint mobility. 

A comparison of joint mobility is our height. We have average heights that are seen to be “normal” for gender and age however those that fall either above or below those averages are not usually seen to be “problematic”. 

Hypermobile joints are highly prevalent in the population, some of these are related to conditions/syndromes that cause other problems. Having a hypermobile joint or even multiple joints does NOT always mean you have one of these conditions/syndromes however having them is characteristic of people with the conditions/syndromes. 

Your Physiotherapist will assess you using a combination of tests and will most likely include the most commonly reported measurement tool called the Beighton Score which is a numerical score from 0-9 to access for joint hypermobility with 1 point given to each test that is positive, this is then reported against your age & gender. These tests are used to assist in differentiating between those with and without Generalised Joint Hypermobility (GJH).If you have concerns that you have hypermobility in your joints, its best to book in with your Physiotherapist to be reviewed and determine the requirements of an appropriate treatment plan.

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