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Joint hypermobility syndrome

Joint hypermobility syndrome is where you get pain and stiffness from having very flexible joints.

Symptoms of joint hypermobility syndrome include joint pain and stiffness, and regularly spraining or dislocating your joints.

Treatment for joint hypermobility syndrome usually involves painkillers and strength exercises to protect your joints.

Joint hypermobility syndrome usually runs in families. The joints are loose and the skin is stretchy because the tissues they're made of are weak.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of joint hypermobility syndrome include joint pain and stiffness, and regularly spraining or dislocating your joints.

See a GP if you:

These can be symptoms of joint hypermobility syndrome.

Read more on the NHS website.

Treatment for joint hypermobility syndrome usually involves painkillers and strength exercises to protect your joints.

Medical treatments

There's no cure for joint hypermobility syndrome.

The main treatment is improving muscle strength and fitness so your joints are protected.

Ask a GP to refer you to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist for specialist advice.

You can also book them privately.

They can help you:

  • reduce pain and the risk of dislocations
  • improve muscle strength and fitness
  • improve posture and balance

Treating joint pain

Paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen, which can come in tablets, gels and sprays) may help ease any pain.

Speak to a pharmacist about the best treatment for you.

A GP may be able to prescribe stronger painkillers.

If you're in severe pain, ask a GP to refer you to a pain clinic to help you learn how to cope better with pain.

To help ease joint pain and stiffness, you can:

  • have warm baths
  • use hot water bottles
  • use heat-rub cream

Self-care

If you have joint hypermobility syndrome, there are things you can do to improve joint and muscle strength, and reduce strain.


Do

  • gentle low-impact exercise like swimming or cycling (not doing any exercise can make your symptoms worse)
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • buy good, firm shoes
  • if you have flat feet, use special insoles (support arches) in shoes

Don't

  • do not do high-impact exercise
  • do not overexercise
  • do not grip things too tightly
  • do not overextend your joints just because you can

Read more on the NHS website.

Joint hypermobility syndrome usually runs in families. The joints are loose and the skin is stretchy because the tissues they're made of are weak.

Read more on the NHS website.