Hypermobility Syndromes

Also known as: joint hypermobility syndrome, Benign joint hypermobility, double-jointed.

What are hypermobility syndromes?

If a body’s joint can move easily beyond the typical range of that joint’s motion, this is known as hypermobility syndrome. It may not be problematic or require treatment, but in certain children it may cause pain especially after regular or intense activity.

What causes hypermobility syndromes?

Hypermobility syndrome is a hereditary disorder, which means it is passed on from parents to their children. Children with Down syndrome or other genetic disorders may also have hypermobility.

What are the symptoms of hypermobility syndromes?

Aside from the joints that can move beyond a normal range of motion, hypermobility syndrome can make individuals more prone to injuries such as sprains, soft tissue injuries, fractures or dislocations. Scoliosis, which is curvatures of the spine, is also more common, among other bone and joint complications. The joint pain and soreness typical of hypermobility is usually worse at the end of the day.

What are hypermobility syndrome care options?

In many cases, no treatment is needed for hypermobility syndrome. Physical therapy, specific stretching and strengthening exercises and pain relievers can help improve strength and mobility to reduce the complications associated with the condition. Orthotics can also be helpful in some instances.

Reviewed by: Yonit Sterba Rakovchik, MD

This page was last updated on: March 20, 2019 04:09 PM