What is joint hypermobility?
Hypermobility means that you can move some or all of your joints more than most people can. A minority of people with hypermobile joints experience pain or other symptoms, and this is called joint hypermobility syndrome. Read more
What causes joint hypermobility?
Joint hypermobilty may be inherited from a parent, but it can also be caused by the shape of the bones, weak or stretched ligaments, your muscle tone (stiffness) and a poor sense of joint movement. Read more
Who gets joint hypermobility?
Joint hypermobility is more common in younger people, particularly women. Some people may inherit the condition from a parent. Gymnasts and athletes may acquire it because of the training they do. Read more
What are the symptoms of joint hypermobility?
Most people with hypermobile joints won’t have any symptoms. But for those who do, the symptoms may include muscle strain/pain and joint stiffness. Read more
How is joint hypermobility diagnosed?
Your doctor will make a diagnosis based on an examination and your answers to a series of questions based on the Beighton score and Brighton criteria. Read more
What treatments are there for joint hypermobility?
A combination of rest, exercise and physiotherapy will often help if you have symptoms of hypermobility, but drug treatments are also available if needed. Read more
Self-help and daily living for joint hypermobility
Exercising, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and special insoles can help ease some of the symptoms of joint hypermobility. Read more
Other symptoms and related conditions
Joint hypermobility isn't itself a type of arthritis. However, in some cases it may be linked to an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis later on. Read more