Many people with joint hypermobilityhave few or no problems related to their increased range of movement.
Being hypermobile does not necessarily mean you will have any pain or difficulty. If you have symptoms, it is likely that you have joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS).
JHS can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:
A person with JHS may also have a number of other symptoms related to weaknesses in the connective tissues throughout their body. Some of these symptoms aredescribed below.
JHScan cause symptoms that affect your digestive system, because the muscles that squeeze food through your digestive system can weaken.
This can cause a range of problems, including:
JHS can also cause abnormalities in the part of your nervous system that controls bodily functions you do not actively think about, such as the beating of your heart. This isknown asyour autonomic nervous system.
These abnormalitiescan cause problems when you stand up or sit in the same position for a while. Your blood pressure can drop to low levels, making you feel sick, dizzy and sweaty. You may also faint .
In some people, these abnormalities can lead to postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). POTS causes your pulse rate to increase rapidly withina fewminutes of standing up. You may also experience:
People with JHS may have other related conditions and further symptoms, including:
Although a link is not entirely certain, it is thought that some people with JHS may be at an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis earlier in life than usual.
Joint hypermobility means that some or all of a person's joints have an unusually large range of movement.
Many people with joint hypermobility have few or no problems related to their increased range of movement.
Four factors may contribute to joint hypermobility - the shape of the ends of your bones, collagen structure, muscle tone and proprioception.
If your doctor thinks that you may have joint hypermobility, the Beighton score is often used as a quick test to assess the range of movement in some of your joints.
If you have joint hypermobility that doesn't cause any problems, treatment is not necessary.