Hypermobility Basics: Frequently Asked Questions from Hypermobile People
Why do Hypermobile people experience pain?
Most often we see individuals with hypermobility who are experiencing pain due to difficulties with stability. In individuals with strong, stable ligaments, there is less of an issue if their dynamic control of movement is not perfect. However, in those of us with very mobile joints, a lack of control can lead to overload of the soft tissues surrounding the joint, strain on the already mobile ligaments, and overuse of muscles that are physiologically designed for movement, for stability. Due to the joint laxity we are prone to many more injuries than the stiffer person. Injuries such as dislocations, fractures, ligament sprains, muscle strains, pulled tendons and even disc prolapse.
If I am Hypermobile does it mean I’ll be in pain forever?
No! Many individuals with hypermobility get very well with focused training of their deep stabilizingmuscles of the spine, pelvis, shoulder and feet. Taping techniques can also be very helpful in offloading overly strained tissues to provide immediate relief. If you are still in pain, then it will be very hard to find all of the deep stabilizing muscles. Many of our treating therapists at Actify are hypermobile themselves, so they are very aware of how to train your body safely!
How is Hypermobility diagnosed?
Joint Hypermobility can be diagnosed through several different classifications. The most common, simple test is The Beighton scale which is scored out of 9. It is not very specific or comprehensive, yet can give an indication of how mobile an individuals joints are.
One point is gained for each side of the body for the first 4 maneuvers. The maximum score is 9 if all movements are positive. If you think you may be hypermobile, its crucial to see your doctor to get a diagnosis and begin healing.
But What if I have been told not to exercise, or exercise hurts?
There are many different levels of “Exercise” Many people with hypermobility are warned against strong exercise due to load on the tissues, however, a graded program of individualized exercises and mobilizers is essential to live a pain free life when you are excessively mobile. At Actify, we have a plethora of options for hypermobile individuals. Our one-on-one physical therapy appointments ensure that you are getting an exercise program designed specifically for you and your abilities. We will never push you to the point of getting hurt and will build up your exercise program to get you back to a life free from pain.
Are you hypermobile and want to find a physical therapist you can trust? Schedule a free phone consultation with us so we can discuss your needs and get you back to doing what you love.