Updated: Oct 10
Have you always considered yourself flexible? Or when you were younger you could move your body parts such as fingers, wrist, or knees into 'double-jointed' positions?
Do you experiencing symptoms like ongoing pain, dislocations/subluxations, and fatigue?
If so, you might have a condition known as hypermobility spectrum disorder or joint hypermobility syndrome.
This is a connective tissue disorder that affects many regions of the body, including joints and ligaments. This is diagnosed via your GP and will usually include involvement from specialists such as rheumatologists, gastroentrologists or cardiologists.
Hypermobility spectrum disorder is found in 1 in 500-600 individuals and is associated with multiple signs and symptoms including:
Pain and Fatigue
Frequent injuries to joints and muscles such as sprains, subluxations and dislocations
Nausea, vomiting and food intolerances
Dizziness when standing up
Poor balance and body awareness
Bladder and bowel issues
Anxiety, depression and phobias
Individuals will experience this condition differently, and the intensity of their symptoms can change over time. There is currently no cure, though it is important to be managed via a team approach including medication, muscle strengthening, physiotherapy, and pacing.
If you feel you might be experiencing some of the physical signs or symptoms, come into Sunbury Physiotherapy and see a Physiotherapist who can help you improve your daily living.