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How is joint hypermobility diagnosed?

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Your GP will be able to make a diagnosis of generalised joint hypermobility or joint hypermobility syndrome by examining you and asking you a series of questions based on two commonly used scoring systems.

The Beighton’s score measures your flexibility using a standard set of movements. A high Beighton’s score means you’re hypermobile but doesn’t mean you have joint hypermobility syndrome.

Diagnosis of joint hypermobility syndrome depends on having symptoms as well as hypermobile joints and is made using the Brighton criteria – if you have four or more hypermobile joints and you've had pains in those joints for three months or more then it's likely that you have joint hypermobility syndrome.

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