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Posted By HMSA Social Media Coordinator, February 22, 2016

Hypermobile is an adjective, like curly, tall or pale. It is used to describe a joint which has greater than average ‘range of movement’ (ROM), or to describe an individual whose joints are generally lax. Around 20-30% of the population, most small children and adolescents are hypermobile in some or most of their joints. In general women are more hypermobile than men. Many find the attribute to bean asset in sports, dance, music and other areas where physical flexibility is an advantage.

Incorrect usage/understanding of the term ‘hypermobility’ (as distinct from Joint Hypermobility syndrome) is perhaps the area in which improper terminology has the most impact on people with heritable disorders of the connective tissue (HDCTs). Hypermobility is normal for most and this can make it very difficult to understand that these syndromes involve so much more than just the obvious musculoskeletal symptoms.

An observation that someone’s joints are hypermobile is not diagnosis of an HDCT, though if other criteria are present it may be relevant to further investigations.

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