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Hypermobility Syndrome
(Joint Hypermobility Syndrome)

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Hypermobility syndrome facts

  • The joint hypermobility syndrome is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint.
  • Hypermobile joints tend to be inherited.
  • Symptoms of the joint hypermobility syndrome include pain in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows.
  • Often joint hypermobility causes no symptoms and requires no treatment. Treatments are customized for each individual based on their particular manifestations.

What is the joint hypermobility syndrome?

The joint hypermobility syndrome is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint. The joint hypermobility syndrome is considered a benign condition. It is estimated that 10%-15% of normal children have hypermobile joints or joints that can move beyond the normal range of motion. Hypermobile joints are sometimes referred to as "loose joints," and those affected are referred to as being "double jointed."

What causes joint hypermobility syndrome?

Hypermobile joints tend to be inherited in specific genes passed on by parents to their children. It is felt that these certain genes predispose to the development of hypermobile joints. As a result, there is a tendency of the condition to run in families (familial). Genes that are responsible for the production of collagen, an important protein that helps to glue tissues together, are suspected of playing a role.

Joint hypermobility is also a feature of a rare, inherited, more significant medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is characterized by weakness of the connective tissues of the body. Joint hypermobility is commonly seen in people with Down syndrome and in people with Marfan's syndrome.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/17/2014

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