What causes Hypermobility?
Hypermobility is usually a hereditary condition, but can be as a result of an injury causing ligaments to stretch. The shape of the end of the bones also can also have an effect on the mobility of joints. The true Hypermobility syndrome is caused by a problem in the protein fibres of the collagen tissues increasing the elasticity. Hypermobility syndrome is diagnosed using the Beighton Score which is:
|Can place hands flat on the floor without bending knees||1|
|Can bend right knee backwards into hyperextension||1|
|Can bend left knee backwards into hyperextension||1|
|Can bend right elbow backwards into hyperextension||1|
|Can bend left elbow backwards into hyperextension||1|
|Can touch right thumb onto the back of the forearm||1|
|Can touch left thumb onto the back of the forearm||1|
|Can bend right little finger past 90degrees towards the back of the hand||1|
|Can bend left little finger past 90degrees towards the back of the hand||1|
To be classified as hypermobile you must score four out of nine.
How can Physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy can offer a service to people who have hypermobile joints as they are at greater risk of injury. It is important for people with Hypermobility to keep fit and healthy looking after their joints. Physiotherapist from Physio.co.uk can provide:
- Preventative education
- Maintenance exercises
- Lifestyle coaching
- Pain management
- Self management strategies
What treatments can be expected for Hypermobility?
Physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk are experienced at treating clients with hypermobile joints. They have a great wealth of knowledge of the condition and many treatment skills which are beneficial. Some of the treatments could include the following dependent upon assessment and the Physiotherapists clinical judgement:
- Strengthening exercises
- Aerobic exercise plans
- Lifestyle advice
- Electrotherapy (PSWD, Interferential, TENS)
Hypermobility in joints can increase the risk of individuals sustaining injuries, therefore preventative methods should be put in place. The experience of a qualified Physiotherapist from Physio.co.uk can provide advice, education, assessment and treatments as appropriate to help manage the condition. Please contact us or call 0330 088 7800 to arrange an appointment.