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Is Hypermobility Contributing to your Symptoms?
A person who is hypermobile is sometimes referred to as being “double-jointed, extremely flexible, or having hypermobility syndrome. Hypermobility can be asymptomatic or symptomatic, so it is important to work with a therapist who can help you determine if your hypermobility is contributing to your symptoms of pain or fatigue and, as needed, help you to better support your hypermobile body.
Mobility exists on a spectrum– some people inherit connective tissue that is really stiff and others have tissues that are quite flexible. Most people live between these two extremes, but those who are hypermobile may have injuries associated with tissue fragility, joints that move too much, and changes to the nervous system that amplify pain in an attempt to protect.
If you have recurring injuries, pain and /or fatigue, you may have a Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) that a trained physical therapist can help to identify and treat. Conservative management like appropriate exercise and lifestyle adaptations are a mainstay of treatment of HSD, including hypermobility associated with Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS.) EDS is a medical diagnosis that requires a medical doctor to diagnose. For more information about EDS visit the EDS Society website.
Contact us at Andersonville Physical Therapy to learn more about physical therapy for hypermobility/EDS.
As the medical community has learned more about hypermobility syndromes and the diagnoses have become more prevalent, we have seen an increase in patients who present with this spectrum of conditions. To meet this need, all of our physical therapists at Andersonville Physical Therapy have undergone special training in the treatment of hypermobility spectrum disorders.
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