If you’ve ever known someone who has claimed to be double jointed – they most likely have a condition known as joint hypermobility syndrome (“double jointed” is not the preferred medical term). In this article, we are going to talk about the causes and symptoms of joint hypermobility syndrome, and also go over some of the treatment methods for this condition.
What is Hypermobility Syndrome?
Joint hypermobility syndrome is a condition in which a person’s joints are able to move beyond the normal range of motion. The cause of the condition is not fully understood, but it is often passed down through specific genes from parents to their children.
Symptoms of hypermobility syndrome can include any of the following:
- The ability to touch your forearm with your thumb
- The ability to place both hands flat on the ground without bending your knees
- Scoliosis or spinal curvature
As our bodies age we become less flexible. As a result, most people with joint hypermobility syndrome will see the condition dissipate over time.
Treating Hypermobility Syndrome
Most cases of joint hypermobility syndrome do not present with any symptoms. In these cases, treatment is not necessary. However, some patients with the condition experience pain and other issues. Patients with hypermobile joints are also more susceptible to injury. In these instances treatment is focused on reducing pain and other symptoms through the use of pain medications, physical therapy exercises, and joint injections.
Although most cases of joint hypermobility syndrome are symptomless, some patients can experience mild to severe pain as a result of the condition. If you are one of these patients, consult with a skilled pain management physician to discuss your treatment options. The physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have been providing pain relief to Minnesotans with painful conditions for over two decades. Contact our office to set up your appointment today and get on the road to a pain free life.