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Joint hypermobility means that some or all of a person's joints have an unusually large range of movement.

People with hypermobility are particularly supple and able to move their limbs into positions others find impossible.

Joint hypermobility is what some people refer to as having "loose joints" or being "double-jointed".

Many people with hypermobile joints don't have any problems; however, some people with joint hypermobility can have a number of unpleasant symptoms as well, such as:

If hypermobility occurs along side symptoms such as these, it is known as joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS).

What would happen at a consultation?

You would first of all receive a comprehensive MSK Physiotherapy examination, including a subjective history when your past medical history and current medication use would be collected. Please bring your medication history with you to your first appointment. Please attend wearing loose clothing so that the Physiotherapist can reach areas required.

What treatments would I expect?

Most people with hypermobile joints won't experience any problems and won't require any medical treatment or support. The nature of JHS means that you are at increased risk of injuries, such as dislocations and sprains. Managing the condition may therefore also involve treating short-term injuries as they arise, while following a long-term treatment plan which includes education, self-management by doing specific joint protection and exercise programs.