Hypermobility in Atlanta, GA

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What is Hypermobility?

Hypermobility is a condition that exists when joints move beyond the normal expected range for the specific joint. Often inherited, hypermobility is considered a benign condition, but it can cause an array of symptoms that could require treatment. Sometimes referred to as “loose joints” or being “double-jointed,” hypermobile joints could also be a side effect of a more severe medical condition. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams and his team provide innovative treatment options for hypermobility that may be causing unpleasant symptoms. Learn more about how we can help you by reaching out to our Atlanta, GA facility to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Williams will be able to create a treatment plan that adheres to your particular needs and concerns.

What are Symptoms of joint Hypermobility?

The main identifying symptom of joint hypermobility are joints that appear loose and move farther than the normal range of motion. However, hypermobility can also lead to a number of other symptoms, including:

  • Pain and discomfort in the joint
  • A higher risk of joint dislocation or sprains
  • Scoliosis
  • Clicking joints
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Pain that worsens at nighttime or at the end of the day

If you experience any of these symptoms, Dr. Williams will conduct a complete evaluation to determine if you may be suffering from hypermobility or another similar condition.

What Causes joint Hypermobility?

In many cases, joint hypermobility is an inherited condition, but it could also be the result of a more serious medical condition or birth defect, such as:

  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome

Proper collagen is extremely important for healthy joints, and some individuals with joint hypermobility may not have the ideal amount of collagen to protect their joints. Your muscle tone and the shape of your bones could also play a factor in hypermobile joints. With a proper physical examination, an evaluation of your symptoms, and a look at your past medical history, Dr. Williams can help to diagnose hypermobility and conclude if it necessitates treatment.

What Are the Risk Factors for Joint Hypermobility?

Various risk factors can influence joint hypermobility. Understanding these factors is crucial for proper management and prevention of related complications. Some of the primary risk factors include:

  • Genetic predisposition: Individuals with a family history of joint hypermobility are more likely to develop the condition themselves.
  • Age and development stage: Children and adolescents, whose joints are naturally more flexible, are at higher risk.
  • Connective tissue disorders: Certain conditions, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can also increase the likelihood of joint hypermobility.
  • Gender: Women are generally more prone to joint hypermobility than men due to hormonal influences on connective tissues.
  • Physical activity: Engaging in activities that require extensive flexibility, such as gymnastics or ballet, can increase the risk.
  • Muscle strength: Weaker muscles around the joints can lead to increased joint laxity and hypermobility.

By being aware of these risk factors, individuals can take proactive steps to protect their joint health.

How is joint hypermobility diagnosed?

Diagnosing joint hypermobility involves a comprehensive assessment and consultation by Dr. Williams. Typically, a thorough physical examination is conducted, evaluating the range of motion in various joints and identifying any excessive flexibility. Dr. Williams assesses hypermobility in specific joints, such as the fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, and spine. Additionally, a thorough review of the patient's medical history and symptoms will be conducted to understand the extent of joint hypermobility and its impact on daily life. In some cases, imaging studies like X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be ordered to assess joint structure and rule out other potential causes of symptoms to determine whether hypermobility is an accurate diagnosis and, if so, formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

can joint hypermobility be cured?

Joint hypermobility may only necessitate treatment if it is causing significant pain or other unpleasant symptoms that affect your daily life. Typically, Dr. Williams may first suggest medication or physical/occupational therapy to alleviate your symptoms. If this is not useful in diminishing pain, injection therapy may be useful, such as PRP therapy, to treat your symptoms. Regenexx treatment could also be beneficial in treating the side effects of hypermobility. During your consultation, Dr. Williams will properly explain your treatment options and make the best recommendation for you and your specific needs and concerns. In some cases, a combination or series of treatments may be best to help you achieve optimal results.

Hypermobility FAQs

What can hypermobility be a symptom of?

Often joint hypermobility or being “double-jointed” is an inherited trait that is benign and doesn’t seriously impact the health of your joints. However, in some cases, joint hypermobility can be a symptom of a number of conditions, including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Marfan syndrome, Stickler syndrome, and Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

Does hypermobility get better with age?

Typically, hypermobility will improve and reduce with age as children’s ligaments strengthen over time. For parents of children with hypermobility, they should encourage their children to live normal, active lives and engage in sports and activities they enjoy.

How do you test yourself for hypermobility?

The most common test for hypermobility is the Beighton scale which includes a series of mobility tests. The score is ranked five out of nine. Perform each test for both your right and left side. For every one you answer yes to you, get one point. A score of five or more means you are hypermobile.

  1. Can you bend your pinky finger back 90 degrees? (one point for each finger)
  2. Can your thumb touch your forearm? (one point for each thumb)
  3. Does your elbow hyperextend 10 degrees or more when you straighten your arm? (one point for each elbow)
  4. Does your knee bend backward when you straighten your leg? (one point per knee)
  5. Bend over and touch the floor. Can you place your hands flat without bending your knees? (one point)

Are there disadvantages to being hypermobile?
In general, children with hypermobility will live healthy lives with no discernable problems. However, sometimes orthopedic issues are explained by underlying hypermobility. If your child has hypermobile joints, they may be more prone to dislocation, hyperextension, or other orthopedic issues.

What are the long-term effects of hypermobility?
Individuals with a history of hypermobility may be more prone to certain conditions later on in life. We see patients who are more prone to muscle aches and sprains due to the extension of their joints. In addition, there may be a chance that hypermobile individuals are more prone to anxiety as a result of their awareness of slight changes in their body.

Protect Your Joints today

Though it may not always require treatment, if joint hypermobility is causing unpleasant symptoms or affecting your everyday options, there are various procedures available for you. Dr. Christopher Williams and his team can evaluate your condition and formulate the best possible treatment plan for you. Learn more by contacting our innovative Atlanta, GA facility to schedule a consultation.

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