What is Hypermobility Syndrome?
Hypermobility syndrome is more often known as being double jointed, and has the potential to lead to different disorders. Symptoms of hypermobility syndrome must be treated with special care. While stretching joints can feel good for most, it can can actually cause pain in hyper-mobile people. Many seek to stabilize their joints with braces or surgery, but oftentimes, this is too much stabilization as they are accustom to having a wider available range-of-motion.
Hypermobility can be associated with a number of other medical conditions. In this blog, we will discuss some of these associated conditions. For more information on types of hypermobility, check our our blog: here.
Associated Symptoms of Hypermobility Syndrome
Very flexible joints
Treatment for joint flexibility is two-fold. The main concepts are: a) strengthening your core and b) ergonomics and joint protection.
To stabilize the core muscles that support the spine, shoulders, hips, pelvic floor and knees, work on strengthening and bulking surrounding muscles. If you are hyper mobile, you must pay attention to body mechanics and use your joints in the best positions possible. For your smaller joints, specifically your hands, use a few well -placed braces to help stabilize for function. Smaller joints like hands and feet are more mobile and have less muscle bulk. Your hand therapist can assess stability with braces or orthotics.
POTS/Blood pressure hypotension
Treatment for POTS/blood pressure hypotension (low blood pressure) involves activities to keep blood pressure up. Core strengthening helps with keeping the large blood vessels supported. Compression socks for your lower legs, and drinking electrolyte-balanced beverages can all help. Heat can make the problem worse because the blood vessels dilate which allows the blood to pool in the lower extremities. Please exercise caution when you are out in warmer temperatures.
Address dental issues by making regular visits to your dentist.
Hormonal issues affect the sexes differently, for example, males have a hormone, androgen, which bulks muscles and provides more stability. Unfortunately, females have a cyclic hormonal pattern. Progesterone is high 5 days prior to and 5 days after the start of menstruation. Because progesterone softens the ligaments, the risk of dislocation of joints higher during this time. Discuss contraceptive use with your gynecologist, as most are progesterone-based.
Most patients with hypermobility report symptoms of fatigue, however, there is no direct link and many theorize it is due to underlying causes.
Other symptoms include bladder/bowel problems, pelvic floor muscle weakness and increased incident of Chiari Malformation. Talking to your hand therapist and a physical therapist can help address some of these other issues. Also, finding a good primary care physician as well as a rheumatologist or geneticist will be helpful to coordinate your medical treatment.
For more information on hypermobility, visit www.hypermobility.org
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